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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer Yevgeny Sudbin
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-2078 SACD
EAN 7318599920788
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Mar 2017
Total time 63'16

Final disc in the series

On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven’s three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and top marks from the Italian magazine Musica and the German website,&&& and performances have been described as ‘electrifying’ (, ‘absolutely stunning’ (Fanfare) and ‘a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss’ ( For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven's involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist – but Beethoven's individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable.
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  Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15 34'08
01 I. Allegro con brio 15'01
02 II. Largo 10'15
03 III. Rondo. Allegro 8'52
  Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 28'01
04 I. Allegro con brio 13'44
05 II. Adagio 8'16
06 III. Rondo. Allegro molto 6'01
  Album total 63'16
PianoSudbin, Yevgeny
OrchestraTapiola Sinfonietta
ConductorVänskä, Osmo

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