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Beethoven - Piano Concertos 4 & 5

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Yevgeny Sudbin
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1758 SACD
EAN 7318599917580
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Dec 2010
Total time 70'27

Gramophone: Editor's Choice April 2011.
Classics Today 10/10, highest rating: "A Beethoven experience you will not want to miss"

Yevgeny Sudbin records Beethoven Piano Concertos in Minneapolis (~ 5,5 min.)

Yevgeny Sudbin made his sensational début on disc with a programme of sonatas by Scarlatti, but soon continued with recordings of music by later composers from his own country of birth, Russia.

2010 saw Sudbin’s return to the 18th century, with a Haydn recital which has confirmed his reputation as a highly versatile musician, ‘whose exquisite nuances, shimmering colours and rare rhetorical power make him an ideal Haydn interpreter.’(Pizzicato) &&&

This acclaimed disc was described as ‘truly a class act’ by Classic FM Magazine; an act which Sudbin now follows up with the first disc in a series of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

Opening with the composer’s final two works in the genre, Sudbin shares the stage with Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, a team whose Beethoven credentials are assured after their recent cycle of the nine symphonies – ‘unquestionably one the great Beethoven cycles’ according to the website If Beethoven’s first works in the concerto genre are indebted to Mozart, the composer had definitely found his own feet by the time of Piano Concerto No.4 in G major. This is evident from the very beginning of the work where, instead of the expected orchestral introduction, the solo piano enters, signalling the intimate and lyrical quality of the work.

No less innovative is Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major – by many considered the finest of all piano concertos. Giving the timpani an unusually prominent and crucial role, this work is majestic and at times even martial in character, something which in English-speaking countries has earned it the nickname ‘Emperor’.
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  Ludwig van Beethoven
  Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58 32'00
01 I. Allegro moderato 17'30
02 II. Andante con moto 5'05
03 III. Rondo. Vivace 9'25
  Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op.73 ‘Emperor’ 37'39
04 I. Allegro 20'24
05 II. Adagio un poco moto – 7'34
06 III. Rondo. Allegro, ma non troppo 9'41
  Album total 70'27
ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny
ConductorVänskä, Osmo
OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra

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