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


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

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.

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
1.   I. Allegro moderato 00:15:01
2.   II. Andante con moto 00:04:15
3.   III. Rondo: Vivace 00:09:08
  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
4.   I. Allegro 00:19:14
5.   II. Adagio un poco mosso 00:06:34
6.   III. Rondo 00:09:52

Total Playing Time: 01:04:04

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Böhm, Karl; Walter, Bruno

Saxon State Orchestra; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Gieseking, Walter

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Concerto

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.111112

Barcode: 747313311224

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Physical Release: 09/2006

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