Dedicated to Trottar, Jean-Luc …and our friend Bob may he still be among us
Sometime life never helps you. Even, when you think, you have the Beethoven’s Concerti performed by the best pianists ever lived/living, such like Brendel, Pollini, Benedetti-Michelangeli, Kempff, Backhaus, Arrau, Katchen and others… and hardly you can admit another more in your private league, then it happens. And you think, how fool must I have been all the time, for not have discovered that treasure in time. So happened to me with Serkin. Welcome, Signor Rodolfo!
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Rudolf Serkin
Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Number of discs: 4
DR-Analysis: DR 15
Size: 7.63 GB
It is no secret that there are quite a few excellent recordings of the Five Beethoven Piano Concerti available — especially Brendel (both sets with Chicago and Vienna). However, what I find particularly stunning about Rudolf Serkin’s readings of the Beethoven Concerti is the pure human element he somehow employs in his playing and at the same time his ability to transcend that same element.
Serkin’s performances are, to keep it simple, brilliant. He delivers performances that are inspiring, reliable, beautiful and wonderfully thought-provoking. In a word, his playing is pianistic, which I will dare say was Beethoven’s intent with these works (after all, it is indeed well known that Beethoven was the most esteemed pianist during his time).
Serkin is certainly in his comfort zone and these recording show it – he was a master at interpreting and performing 18th century works. Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra deliver magnificient readings — beautiful, bold, and elegant playing.
Telarc’s digital recording (although early 1980s digital) is marvelous. This recording is a must have for Beethoven fans, pianists, and especially those of us beholden to the art of Rudolf Serkin!
|Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15|
|A1||Allegro Con Brio||18:15|
|A3||Rondo: Allegro Scherzando||10:18|
|Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19|
|B1||Allegro Con Brio||14:37|
|B3||Rondo: Molto Allegro||6:42|
|Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37|
|C1||Allegro Con Brio||16:59|
|D2||Fantasia In C For Piano, Chorus & Orchestra, Op. 80||20:03|
|Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58|
|F1||Andante Con Moto; Rondo: Vivace||15:40|
|Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 “Emperor”|
|H1||Adagio Con Poco Mosso; Rondo: Allegro||19:34|
Analyzed Folder: /192k LvB – The Piano Concerti – Serkin, Ozawa (Telarc)_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -0.73 dB -22.29 dB A1 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR14 -4.42 dB -24.43 dB A2 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Largo.flac
DR13 -0.54 dB -21.18 dB A3 Piano Concerto No. 1 In C, Op. 15 – Rondo- Allegro Scherzando.flac
DR14 -0.16 dB -19.37 dB B1 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR13 -1.23 dB -21.98 dB B2 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Adagio.flac
DR13 -1.07 dB -18.37 dB B3 Piano Concerto No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 19 – Rondo- Molto Allegro.flac
DR15 -0.99 dB -21.97 dB C1 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Allegro Con Brio.flac
DR13 -8.13 dB -27.13 dB C2 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Largo.flac
DR14 -2.15 dB -21.60 dB D1 Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 37 – Rondo- Allegro.flac
DR17 -0.13 dB -23.48 dB D2 Fantasia In C For Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Op. 80.flac
DR16 -0.30 dB -22.71 dB E Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 – Allegro Moderato.flac
DR17 -0.33 dB -24.00 dB F Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, op. 58 – Andante Con Moto – Rondo- Vivace.flac
DR14 -0.45 dB -19.23 dB G Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – Allegro.flac
DR16 -0.57 dB -21.85 dB H Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat op. 73 ‘Emperor’ – Adagio Con Poco Mosso – Rondo- Allegro.flac ———————————————————————————————-
Number of Files: 14
Official DR Value: DR15
- Art Direction – Ray Kirschensteiner
- Baritone Vocals – David Gordon (7) (tracks: D2)
- Bass Vocals – Julien Robbins (tracks: D2)
- Chorus – Tanglewood Festival Chorus (tracks: D2)
- Composed By – Ludwig van Beethoven
- Conductor – John Oliver (3) (tracks: D2), Seiji Ozawa
- Contralto Vocals – Lili Chookasian (tracks: D2)
- Edited By – Elaine Martone
- Engineer [Recording] – Jack Renner
- Liner Notes – Harris Goldsmith
- Orchestra – Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Photography [Cover] – Christian Steiner (6)
- Piano – Rudolf Serkin
- Producer [Recording], Edited By – Robert Woods (2)
- Soprano Vocals – Faye Robinson (tracks: D2), Mary Burgess (tracks: D2)
- Tenor Vocals – Kenneth Riegel (tracks: D2)
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