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Piano Concertos Op. 58 & Op. 61
Ludwig van Beethoven

Nino Gvetadze | Phíon | Benjamin Levy

Piano Concertos Op. 58 & Op. 61

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917282023
Catnr: CC 72820
Release date: 04 February 2022
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Challenge Classics
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0608917282023
Catalogue number
CC 72820
Release date
04 February 2022

"A virtuoso series of scales to a pedal point from Gvetadze, and the final variant in rocking, hunt motion, now swollen to a resolute and dramatic sense of closure. "

Fanfare, 01-9-2022
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About the album

The album “Aufgelebt” is all about revival, rebirth and recreation, the promise of new beginnings. Beethoven worked on his Piano Concerto No. 4 and the Op. 61a (piano version of a violin concerto) in the same period of his life. Both concertos were neglected and would have been forgotten had it not been for the attention of Felix Mendelssohn, who revived the Fourth Piano Concerto in 1836 and conducted the violin concerto, in 1844. Since then, these two concertos have been considered to be masterpieces of classical music literature. The Violin Concerto had yet another chance of rebirth long before young Joachim’s success. After attending the premier of the piece, Muzio Clementi asked Beethoven to transcribe the work for piano and orchestra. His wish was promptly fulfilled by the composer, who at the same time enriched the Concerto with authentic cadenzas, of which the first - in the First Movement - is very special as the piano is accompanied by timpani!
Het nieuwe album van toppianiste Nino Gvetadze ‘Aufgelebt’, staat in het teken van wederopbloei, de belofte van een nieuw begin. Zij speelt twee bekende werken van Beethoven, zijn pianoconcerten no. 4 opus 58 en opus 61a. De laatste is de pianoversie van zijn beroemde vioolconcert opus 61. Samen met Phion, Orkest van Gelderland & Overijssel, onder leiding van dirigent Benjamin Levy, brengt Gvetadze de luisteraar met Beethovens magische muziek, licht, vreugde en de zo broodnodige hoop.

Beethoven schreef de twee concerten, die beschouwd worden als meesterwerken van de klassieke muziekliteratuur, in dezelfde periode aan het begin van de 19e eeuw. Na hun première raakten de beide werken in de vergetelheid. Het was Felix Mendelssohn die ze herontdekte. In 1836 blies hij het Vierde Pianoconcert nieuw leven in. En het vioolconcert kwam in 1844, zeventien jaar na Beethovens dood, weer in de aandacht te staan, toen de 12-jarige violist Joseph Joachim het stuk speelde onder leiding van Mendelssohn. Sindsdien is het één van de bekendste en meest gespeelde vioolconcerten. Daarvoor werd het stuk weinig uitgevoerd.

Lang voor Joachims succesvolle concert, beleefde het vioolconcert al een opleving in de vorm van een pianoconcert. Na het bijwonen van de première van het vioolconcert in 1806, vroeg de Italiaanse pianovirtuoos Muzio Clementi, Beethoven om de compositie voor viool te bewerken voor piano en orkest. Beethoven gaf gehoor aan dat verzoek en verrijkte het concert met authentieke cadensen, waarvan de eerste - in het eerste deel - bijzonder en opmerkelijk is vanwege de begeleiding door pauken.

Bij het nadenken over album en repertoire, dacht Nino Gvetadze ook zorgvuldig na over welk instrument perfect zou passen bij het geluid en de interpretatie die zij in gedachten had. Die puzzel werd opgelost toen ze de Maene Concert Grand ontdekte, gebouwd in 2017. In dit bijzondere instrument zijn kennis en materialen van de moderne pianobouw gecombineerd met die van oudere, historische instrumenten. Het meest opvallende aspect is wel, dat in tegenstelling tot de moderne vleugel, waarin de bassnaren gekruist zijn aangebracht ten opzichte van die van het middenregister, in dit instrument alle snaren parallel naast elkaar liggen. De soliditeit van de moderne vleugel in combinatie met het transparante klankideaal van oude instrumenten zorgt voor een bijzonder effect en het geluid dat de piano bezat ten tijde van Beethoven.

In dit bijzondere instrument zijn kennis en materialen van de moderne pianobouw gecombineerd met die van oudere historische instrumenten. De soliditeit van de moderne vleugel in combinatie met het transparante klankideaal van oude instrumenten zorgt voor een bijzonder effect en het geluid dat de piano bezat ten tijde van Beethoven.

Nino Gvetadze ontving verschillende prestigieuze prijzen voor haar spel en haar eerdere solo-albums ‘Ghosts’ (24 Préludes van Chopin), ‘Visions’ (werken van Cyril Scott) en ‘Einsam’ (Schumann) werden door critici wereldwijd geprezen.
Bei dem Album "Aufgelebt" geht es um Wiederbelebung, Wiedergeburt und Neuschöpfung, um das Versprechen eines Neuanfangs. Beethoven arbeitete an seinem Klavierkonzert Nr. 4 und dem Op. 61a (Klavierversion eines Violinkonzerts) in der gleichen Periode seines Lebens. Beide Konzerte wurden vernachlässigt und wären in Vergessenheit geraten, wenn nicht Felix Mendelssohn auf sie aufmerksam geworden wäre, der das vierte Klavierkonzert 1836 wiederbelebte und das Violinkonzert 1844 dirigierte. Seitdem gelten diese beiden Konzerte als Meisterwerke der klassischen Musikliteratur. Das Violinkonzert hatte schon lange vor dem Erfolg des jungen Joachim eine weitere Chance zur Wiedergeburt. Nachdem er der Uraufführung des Werks beigewohnt hatte, bat Muzio Clementi Beethoven um eine Transkription des Werks für Klavier und Orchester. Seinem Wunsch kam der Komponist prompt nach und bereicherte das Konzert gleichzeitig mit authentischen Kadenzen, von denen die erste - im ersten Satz - etwas ganz Besonderes ist, denn das Klavier wird von Pauken begleitet!

Artist(s)

Nino Gvetadze (piano)

Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze leads an international career as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout the Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. She became the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. Since 2019 Nino Gvetadze is the Artistic Leader of Naarden International Piano Festival. Nino Gvetadze has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, Residentie-The Hague, Brussels, Espoo-Helsinki, Warsaw, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Bergische and the...
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Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze leads an international career as a soloist and a chamber musician. Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout the Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008. She became the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. Since 2019 Nino Gvetadze is the Artistic Leader of Naarden International Piano Festival.

Nino Gvetadze has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michel Tabachnik, John Axelrod and Jaap van Zweden and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, Residentie-The Hague, Brussels, Espoo-Helsinki, Warsaw, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Bergische and the Rheinische Philharmonie, Münchner Symphoniker, amongst others. She toured with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Camerata RCO and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Recent highlights are the performance of Ulvi Cemal Erkin’s piano concerto in Istanbul and the Variations on a nursery tune of Dohnány with the Liege Royal Philharmonic and chief conductor Gergely Madaras.

In recital Nino has performed all over the world, among other in Hannover (PRO MUSICA Preisträger amKlavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo, Kuhrhaus Wiesbaden, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). In the Netherlands Nino is a regular guest at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven and Edesche Concertzaal. Since 2008 Nino plays in the "Arosa Trio" with her colleagues Frederieke Saeijs and Maja Bogdanovic.

Nino Gvetadze is a Challenge Classics artist. On her 2nd album “Visions” she presents piano pieces of the English composer Cyril Scott. Music journal “Pianist” wrote about her first CD “Ghosts” with the 24 Préludes of Chopin: ‘Gvetadze makes the listener - partly thanks to the wonderful recording - companion of the most intimate thoughts’. Repertoire that has been released on other labels: piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninoff Preludes op 23 and op 32 (Etcetera), “Debussy” with the Préludes book I, Estampes and Claire de Lune (Orchid) and “Widmung” with Liszt piano works (Orchid). The Debussy CD was editor’s choice of both International Record Review (April 2014).

In Tbilisi Nino studied with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.


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Benjamin Levy (conductor)

Composer(s)

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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A virtuoso series of scales to a pedal point from Gvetadze, and the final variant in rocking, hunt motion, now swollen to a resolute and dramatic sense of closure. 
Fanfare, 01-9-2022

... this is a recommendable production because of the rich-sounding piano.
Pizzicato, 07-2-2022

Nino Gvetadze plays both concerts on a modern wing reminiscent of nineteenth-century principles are replicated. The instrument approaches the sound world of the piano at the time of Beethoven. This way we get an adequate impression of the two wonderful concerts held by Beethoven's contemporaries were scorned.
Katholiek Nieuwsblad, 04-2-2022

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