Beethoven - The 5 Piano Concertos | Odradek Records ODRCD404

Beethoven - The 5 Piano Concertos

£21.80

Label: Odradek Records

Cat No: ODRCD404

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Expected Release Date: 7th October 2022

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Odradek Records is delighted to present the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos performed by Artur Pizarro and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal under the baton of Julia Jones.

This is a recording not to be missed: Artur Pizarro's interpretations are renowned internationally for their insight and nuance, and this album represents for Pizarro and his fellow musicians a very personal labour of love, especially when overcoming the obstacles of the pandemic in order to record together. The majesty, power and innovation of the Beethoven Piano Concertos is contrasted with a selection of solo pieces by Beethoven; Romances and Rondos that round off the release with irresistible intimacy. On this recording Artur Pizarro plays a Bechstein grand pianos kindly provided by Bechstein.

Artur Pizarro has recorded a series of highly- acclaimed albums with Odradek, including the complete Rachmaninov piano music, and Lebensreise, a disc of music by Robert Schumann, for which Pizarro's playing was praised as: "soft as velvet, but muscular and virtuoso if necessary … technique and virtuosity are unconditionally at the service of the composer's intentions" (Klassiek Centraal). Pizarro also performed the Poulenc Piano Concerto with the Beethoven Philharmonie and Thomas Rösner on the album Couleurs, praised in Gramophone magazine: "Pizarro seems delighted to meet the score on its own terms, turning in a performance of considerable sensitivity and subtlety."

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