As a pianist, Vladar’s technical grip is amazing. Listen to his incredibly fast tempos in the finales to the First and Second Concertos. This is playing of exemplary execution and brilliant interpretation. Tempos in the first three concertos are brisk. Rhythms are sharply pointed but not clipped, and articulation is incisive.
If you fancy a set of the Beethoven piano concertos that’s suitable for listening to at a single sitting, then look no further. The ingredients are ideal for the job: abundant energy; bold, clear-sighted interpretation; brilliant though intelligently deployed pianism; poetic handling of the various slow movements; vital conducting and orchestral playing that fits the ‘chamber orchestra’ template like a glove.
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