Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 2 – Maria Joao Pires, London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:30:53 minutes | 649 MB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded live in DSD 64fs, 17 & 21 February 2013 at the Barbican, London
The LSO join forces with revered conductor Bernard Haitink and the celebrated pianist Maria João Pires in this revelatory recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.2. Haitink and the LSO’s previous Beethoven recordings have been hailed as landmark interpretations, and this new addition is sure to be welcomed into the catalogue. BachTrack described the performance as ‘music-making of the highest quality.’
Piano Concerto No 2 was composed during the 1790s when the young Beethoven was seeking to establish himself as a virtuoso pianist and composer. Subject to various revisions, the work was not published until 1801, by which time he had also published his Piano Concerto No 1.
The three-movement work opens with triumphant orchestral statements, which appear throughout the first movement and provide much of its flavour and developmental force. The music that follows is full of drama and contrast, showing off the soloist’s skill and displaying the young Beethoven at his best.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat major Op 19
1 Allegro con brio[15’01]
3 Rondo: Molto allegro[6’29]
Maria João Pires, piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor