Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1–5 Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida

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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.

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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”.

 

Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Mitsuko Uchida piano
 
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C major, op. 15
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, op. 58
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73
 
 
Recordings from February 2010 from the Philharmonie Berlin
 
Bonus video:
Interview: Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Tobias Möller (12 mins)

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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1–5 - Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida & Berliner Philharmoniker

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    CD 1–3
    Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5

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    All recordings in Pure Audio 24-bit / 48 kHz
    
Running time: 182 mins
    
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    Piano Concertos Nos. 1–5 in High Definition Video
    
Running time: 203 mins

    Bonus video
    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)

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56 pages / German, English

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