Hannes Minnaar / Jan Willem de Vriend / The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The Complete Piano Concertos
- Type SACD
- Label Challenge Classics
- UPC 0608917276329
- Catalog number CC 72763
- Release date 02 June 2017
About the album
Here is the box containing Beethoven’s five Piano Concertos performed by Hannes Minnaar and The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend.
So far two single volumes had been issued: while the one including Concertos nos. 4 & 5 was acclaimed by Gramophone as: "beginning a Beethoven cycle with the Fourth and Fifth Concertos is a bold move but one that pays off in all sorts of ways", the same magazine welcomed the disc with Concertos nos. 1 & 2 for “its pleasing mix of finesse and drive”.
Now the box also offers the so far unissued Concerto no. 3.
Despite the very large number of recordings already made of this musical corpus, Minnaar and de Vriend have proved that they have something new and totally their own to say about this collection of masterpieces. And it is indeed the peculiar blend of sheer energy and esprit de finesse that can be identified as the distinctive brand or these recordings.
11Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19 I. Allegro con brio
12Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19 II. Adagio
13Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19 III. Rondo: Molto allegro
14Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 I. Allegro con brio
15Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 II. Largo
16Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15 III. Rondo: Allegro
21Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 37 I. Allegro con brio
22Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 37 II. Largo
23Piano Concerto No. 3, Op 37 III. Rondo: Allegro
31Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 I. Allegro moderato
32Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 II. Andante con moto
33Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 III. Rondo: Vivace
34Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 ('Emperor') I. Allegro
35Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 ('Emperor') II. Adagio un poco moto
36Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 ('Emperor') III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Of course you have spotted it already: the new 3-cd box with the complete piano concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven performed by pianist Hannes Minnaar, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jan Willem de Vriend. The only thing that was missing, after the first two albums in this series, was the Third Piano Concerto, and now the recordings are complete and put together in a fine box, but the concerto ...