Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Serkin & Seiji Ozawa
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||Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-Flat Major "Emperor": I. Allegro||Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Serkin & Seiji Ozawa||21:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-Flat Major "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso||Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Serkin & Seiji Ozawa||19:40||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Concerto for Piano No. 5 in E-Flat Major "Emperor": III. Rondo: Allegro||Boston Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Serkin & Seiji Ozawa||11:22||Album Only||View in iTunes|
one of the best interpretations of Beethoven's glorious concerto
I highly recommend this interpretation, as it is inspired as well as exquisite. The orchestra matches very well the playing of Mr. Serkin, something that regrettably doesn't occur; Helene Grimaud's latest production is an example of this.
Serkin does a fair job of playing this extremely difficult piece
Mr Serkin's performance is inconsistant on his arpeggios. yes, he is definately an excellent piano player. And the vast majority of the time he is very expressive and precise.... but it sounds as if he is struggling in playing the rapid paced arpeggios in this concerto. Perhaps it is because he is past his prime as a concert pianist. I remember hearing years ago as an adolescent, an LP that my father had from Deutche Grammaphone of a pianist whose name I cannot remember... but his performance of the Emperor was beyond superb!! He was a premere performer in the 1960's and he played this with apparent total ease, no struggling whatsoever.... light, airy, but with a LOT of emotion as well! Who was that artist???? I wish I could remember!!! He was not young at the time.
not my favorite, lacking in conductor
I know other will disagree. I own this but seldom can stomach it. The recording must have been rushed. Seiji Ozawa has done so much better. Maestro Serkin is lacking in fire but only in comparison to his many many recordings of the same concertos. Then, they could have been trying to be different, why make so many recordings of the same work if not to have us experience something new out of something old. The experiment is not worth 10 dollars unless you have 5 other recordings of maestro Serkin with the Emperor.
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