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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.3 & 4

Blumental, Vienna Symphony Orchestra / Wagner

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos.3 & 4

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Format: CD
Label: Brana Records
UPC: 0821158103524
Catnr: BR 0035
Release date: 01 May 2011
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Brana Records
UPC
0821158103524
Catalogue number
BR 0035
Release date
01 May 2011
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About the album

Greatly admired for her interpretations of Chopin and Mozart, Felicja Blumental also recorded many works for piano and orchestra including the piano version of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Here she performs two of his more popular Piano Concertos.

Compared to the premieres of his previous two keyboard concertos, the first performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto is relatively well covered in terms of documentary evidence from friends, colleagues and the press. The Weiner Zeitung gave over a week’s notice of the concert on 5th April 1803 at the Theatre-an-de Wien, where the C minor Concerto was given its first outing, with the composer conducting from the keyboard.

The first public performance of his Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 took place at the same theatre on 22nd December 1808. Not only was this the first public account of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, but also the premieres of his Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies, and the Choral Fantasy. The concert was also the first public account of the which also featured his Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral).

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School.    Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob...
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Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis, and one opera, Fidelio. Together with Mozart and Haydn, he was part of the First Viennese School. Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and by composer and conductor Christian Gottlob Neefe. At the age of 21 he moved to Vienna, where he began studying composition with Joseph Haydn, and gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. By his late 20s his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. In 1811 he gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from these last 15 years of his life.

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