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Grandeur and magnificence

This is an extraordinary performance. We know our Serkin well; he is a deep and searching thinker at the keyboard; but for all sorts of reasons his recordings never seemed to give the best of him - several potential great ones spoilt by bad (boxy, wiry) recordings, and so on: there always seemed to be half a dozen preferable versions. Sigh of relief: at last a recording worthy of this great artist. Strange to relate that Seiji Ozawa should be the man to provide an orchestral canvas unequalled in its spread, power and glorious momentum; and it seems that Serkin caught fire, for he plays like a man in the throes of inspiration that is normally reserved for live concerts. Here is, for my money, the grandeur and magnificence that typify Beethoven's Emperor Concerto for me. It is also a deep romantic vision, witness the Adagio which is the slowest on records, but on that very account moving beyond description. Whoever packaged this album, made a grotesque blunder, which does not however (thank Heavens) affect your enjoyment. You get the final movement twice! Looking at the 19 minutes for the Adagio, there is obviously a mistake here; and indeed movements 2 and 3 are run together, and then the finale repeated in the third track! An unexpected encore! In sum: whatever version you own, and maybe looking for another, this is a top recommendation. If you only wish to have one, and 100% representative of Beethoven's concerto, look no farther afield. The idea of a definitive performance is not, of course, tenable; but the idea of a musical experience that you might treasure for life is altogether apt. This is such a performance.

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Formed: 22 October 1881 in Boston, MA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '/0s, '00s, '10s, '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Boston, Massachusetts, is the leading city in the group of six northeastern United States known collectively as New England. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and a leading seaport. The original European settlers of the area the Pilgrims (Nonconformists, who arrived in 1620) and the Puritans brought a tradition of unaccompanied religious singing. Instrumental concerts can be dated back only to 1731. Orchestras were sometimes gotten together to play in oratorios and other special occasions....
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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor", Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 01 June 1983

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