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Sudbin plays Beethoven & Mozart Concertos

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer Yevgeny Sudbin
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1978 SACD
EAN 7318599919782
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Dec 2013
Total time 66'16

5 stelle, Musica
Recording of the Month,

“As both performance and recording, this is an absolutely stunning release, which I urgently recommend to everyone.” Fanfare; “With Vänska every note has purpose. … For the icing on the cake, Sudbin takes on Beethoven’s cadenza so completely that he makes me feel that he is composing it himself as he plays.” American Record Guide

In 2010 Yevgeny Sudbin released the first instalment in a cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos. Featuring the Fourth and the Fifth concerto the disc received top marks on web sites such as and and was selected CD of the Week in Daily Telegraph and Editor's Choice in Gramophone, whose reviewer wrote 'The mother-of-pearl sheen of [Sudbin's] pianism is backed by a special underlying sensitivity...Delectably light-fingered brilliance and virtuosity shines a new light on some of the most familiar scores in the repertoire...' Other reviewers agreed that there was something very special about these interpretations ('Extraordinarily vibrant and unforced', Piano News) and, not least, about Sudbin's partnership with Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra ('There is a true give-and-take between soloist and orchestra throughout these performances that makes them especially engaging', Listen Magazine). The web site Classical CD Review found Sudbin and Vänskä to be 'ideally matched Beethoven interpreters,' and the French reviewer in Classica agreed, detecting a 'Mozartian flame' in the performances. For this sequel Sudbin and Vänskä go one step further and actually include a Mozart concerto to precede Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 in C minor. Also in C minor, Mozart’s Concerto No.24, K 491, is often regarded as having been the inspiration for Beethoven’s work. The mood of K 491 is dramatic, even Romantic – the concerto was memorably described by the Mozart expert Alfred Einstein as an ‘explosion of passion, of dark tragic emotions’ – reflecting its proximity to The Marriage of Figaro, which was composed at the same time. Among Mozart’s concertos it is one of the most ample, both in terms of scoring and duration, and thus provides an ideal counterweight to Beethoven’s Third, which the composers began to sketch in 1796, but only completed eight years later.
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  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K491 30'09
01 I. Allegro 13'33
02 II. [Larghetto] 7'26
03 III. [Allegretto] 9'10
  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37 34'57
04 I. Allegro con brio 16'26
05 II. Largo 9'54
06 III. Rondo. Allegro 8'37
  Album total 66'16
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
ConductorVanska (Vänskä), Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny

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