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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & No. 5 "Emperor" (Expanded Edition)

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"Emperor" recording

Serkin plays the Emperor concerto in a way I can't describing much beyond thrilling and glorious. He follows all the articulation, dynamics, and still adds a very personal touch to the piece. Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, considered by many the world's best orchestra, shine in this recording. I have listened to so many recordings and this one tops all of them. Even the first measure is better than other recordings because of the cresendo into the piano cadenza.

For those who haven't heard these pieces before, they are a true inspiration. The 5th concerto is my favorite and it inspires me every time I listen to it.


Born: August 25, 1918 in Lawrence, MA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

No figure in 20th century American classical music had as prominent or controversial a career -- or did more to sell classical music to the general public as something genuinely exciting, and worth getting into a sweat over -- than Leonard Bernstein. For more than 30 years, from his assumption of the post of Music Director of the New York Philharmonic in 1958 until the final concerts that he conducted in obviously failing health near the end of his life in 1990, he was the most prominent and widely...
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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & No. 5 "Emperor" (Expanded Edition), Leonard Bernstein
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jul 27, 2004

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