Great Performances - Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell & Leon Fleisher
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|1||Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37||Leon Fleisher, George Szell & Cleveland Orchestra||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro Con Brio
|Leon Fleisher, George Szell & Cleveland Orchestra||15:26||Work Only||View in iTunes|
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III. Rondo. Allegro
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|2||Concerto No. 4 in G Major for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 58||Leon Fleisher, George Szell & Cleveland Orchestra||--||Album Only||View in iTunes|
I. Allegro Moderato
|Leon Fleisher, George Szell & Cleveland Orchestra||18:07||Work Only||View in iTunes|
II. Andante Con Moto
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III. Rondo. Vivace
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This is a standard in the Beethoven catalog. Fleisher was considered the heir to ninteenth century german master Artur Schnabel. Szell and his cleveland orchestra are the gold standard for orchestral performances. They share the same mentality, straightforward and intense. You will be hard pressed to find another recording that plays Beethoven this convincingly.
Simply put, an utterly sublime performance by both the orchestra and the soloist. The whole thing is backed by a richly textural recording. This is fine Beethoven!
Great performance from great musicians.
George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra were long known for becoming one of the greatest orchestras of the 20th century, and for developing a musical precision not usually seen outside of the elite orchestras of the world. Leon Fleisher was known for being the main successor to Schnabel's style of piano playing, which works perfectly in combination with the Cleveland Orchestra.
I would also recommend EMI's "Great Recordings of the Century" series and the "DG Originals" series if you want to compare this legendary recording with other noteable recordings. Ashkenazy with George Solti might be naother version worth looking into, but Fleisher is the best of the bunch, and this CD can be had for budget pricing if you look around.
Superb precision from the Cleveland, combined with the piano skills of Leon Fleisher show why this legendary performance still gets rave reviews decades later.
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