BEETHOVEN: Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 7
Classical Periods: Romantic
Composers: Ludwig von Beethoven
Directors: Thomas Dausgaard
Performers: Boris Berezovsky, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
The Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 7
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Boris Berezovsky (b. 1969), piano
Starting the second half of the great Beethoven series on SIMAX, Boris Berezovsky returns with the Fourth Piano Concerto and Beethoven's own version of the Violin Concerto arranged with the piano as the solo instrument. Boris's earlier contributions to the series have been very well received indeed, and the Russian virtuoso has more up his sleeve.
The works on this seventh volume in this series originates from a particularly fruitful time in Beethoven's career as a composer, around the same time as his fourth and fifth symphony and the Razumovsky quartets. He continues to expand the formal boundaries for the concerto, and the result is of course some of the most fantastic music ever written.
Beethoven wrote the piano concertos with himself in mind as soloist, the fourth was in fact the last one to be premiered with Beethoven at the piano. This was of course due to this growing deafness in later years. But on the 22nd of December 1808 he was in charge of a magnificent concerto, containing the premieres of the fifth and sixth symphonies, the Choral Fantasy, parts of the Mass in C and the fourth piano concerto.
Beethoven's editor Muzio Clementi (yes, the one with the sonatinas...) persuaded him to make a transcription of the violin concerto with the piano as solo instrument when making an agreement for publishing in England. The reasoning behind this request was simply to get more performances of the work, as piano concertos was by far the most popular genre at the time. In fact, we owe it to this transcription that we have a cadenza for this concerto, as Beethoven made one for first movement of the piano version, while leaving it out in the original.
|Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58|
|1||I Allegro moderato||18:11|
|2||II Andante con moto||4:34|
|3||III Rondo, Vivace||9:54|
|Piano Concerto in D major, Opus 61a|
|4||I Allegro ma non troppo||20:49|
|6||III Rondo (Allegro)||9:07|