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ClassicsOnline Home » BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 4 / Piano Quintet, Op. 16 (Guy, Radio France Philharmonic, Jordan)
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Once Leonard Bernstein said that Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto is perhaps the most "achieved" among all them. I am not prepared to confirm or deny that. Simply I think that this concerto (like most of Beethoven's works) has some secrets that not all can unveil. Especially in the 1st movement which has plenty of that secret. The cadenza to the 1st movement is perhaps one of the most moving passages written by Beethoven. Some pianists play it very fast or very slow or simply without realizing the special fragment of soul they have in their hands.
Mr. Guy was successful in being aware of the magic of the entire piano concerto and specially in the cadenza to the 1st movement. If I would name other pianists who have been aware of this unbelievable passage, I would say Mewton-Wood and Claudio Arrau, among a few. Very, very highly recommended.more....
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