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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 (Gieseking) (1939, 1934) (Concerto Recordings, Vol. 3)

Composer(s):Beethoven, Ludwig van
Artist(s)
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.111112
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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This third and final CD of Gieseking’s concerto recordings made during the 1930s features his first recordings of two Beethoven concertos. Recorded in a single day in January 1939, with the eight sides all issued from first or second takes, Gieseking’s account of the Piano Concerto No. 4 is one of moulded delicacy, the light-weight approach particularly apt for the outer movements. In his recording of the Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’, made in Vienna in 1934, Gieseking refreshingly scales down the rhetoric of the first movement and the sentimentality of the Adagio. Whereas in lesser hands, the last movement can lumber heavily along, Gieseking plays it with a spring in his step giving a true feeling of 6/8 rather than 3/4.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

These two vintage recordings by Walter Gieseking are among the few available from the 1930s. The earlier is the Emperor, recorded in Vienna in 1934, while No. 4 followed five years later, recorded in Dresden with Boehm and the Saxon State Orchestra…these have a flowing account of the Emperor slow movement and a brisk, beautifully lilted one of the finale. By comparison, No. 4 is given a fresh, alert performance…








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