There is hardly a better way to approach Ludwig van Beethoven than through his piano concertos. Beethoven’s own instrument was the piano, and in his improvisations – which made him the darling of the Viennese salons – he merged virtuosity and unbridled expression. The piano concertos give a clear idea of these performances. At the same time, they are prime examples of Beethoven’s ability to create large orchestral works with seemingly endless arcs of tension.
The complete recording of all five works with Mitsuko Uchida and Sir Simon Rattle was one of the most spectacular projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker during the Rattle era – and at the same time the highlight of the collaboration between the orchestra and the pianist, which began in 1984.
The performances were given a rapturous reception in the auditorium and in the press – as one critic wrote, the audience was overwhelmed by a “collective sense of happiness”. With vibrant freshness, the performances brought the whole combative energy of these works to life. At the same time, they revealed Beethoven’s incomparable spirituality, which – according to Mitsuko Uchida – “allows us to see to the end of the universe”.
CD & Blu-ray
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1–5 - Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida & Berliner Philharmoniker
3 CD + 2 Blu-ray + download / hardcover edition
Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5
Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc
All recordings in Pure Audio 24-bit / 48 kHz
Running time: 182 mins
(2.0 PCM Stereo · 5.1 DTS-HD MA)
Video Blu-ray Disc
Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5 in High Definition Video
Running time: 203 mins
Mitsuko Uchida talks about Beethoven's Piano concertos (12 mins)
Full HD 16:9 / PCM Stereo · 5.0 Surround DTS-HD, Region Code: ABC (worldwide)
56 pages / German, English
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the entire album (24-bit / 48 kHz)
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