Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2



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31st March 2017




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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2


Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19



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On two previous discs, Yevgeny Sudbin and Osmo Vänskä have released Beethoven’s three last piano concertos to critical acclaim. Distinctions include Editor’s Choice in Gramophone and the performances have been described as ‘electrifying’ (, ‘absolutely stunning’ (Fanfare) and ‘a Beethoven experience you will not want to miss’ (

For the final disc in their cycle, Sudbin and Vänskä have travelled to Helsinki to team up with Tapiola Sinfonietta, one of the top Nordic ensembles, and well suited for these earlier and more classical of Beethoven’s concertos. Of the two, the one we now know as the Second was actually begun several years before Concerto No. 1, and indeed even before Beethoven left Bonn for Vienna. During the following decade, Beethoven returned to the score repeatedly and made substantial revisions – including composing a new final movement – and ultimately the C major concerto reached publication first. Both concertos were conceived long before Beethoven's involvement with the symphonic genre, and the influence of Mozart and Haydn is evident in the interaction between the orchestra and the soloist – but Beethoven's individual spirit is nevertheless unmistakeable.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

I. Allegro con brio (cadenza based on Friedman)

II. Largo

III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando (cadenza by Y. Sudbin)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio

III. Rondo: Molto allegro

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“It is impossible to hold back from admiration for Sudbin in whatever he plays, thanks to his brilliance and hallmark exuberance. He has much to say and he wants us to listen...Carl Czerny remarked that [Beethoven] ‘brings out difficulties and effects on the piano that we could never have imagined’. Yvgeny Sudbin at his best is an artist capable of reminding us of that and there is plentiful evidence in these rondo finales”

Classical Ear

May 2017


“there are many moments of great beauty, and the performing standards are excellent.”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2017


“For pianist Yevgeny Sudbin and conductor Osmo Vänskä it’s playfulness that prevails in the outer movements [of the Second Concerto]…Sudbin’s cadenzas are highlights: hints of jazz harmonies and the later Romantics, but all done with a light ironic touch that sits elegantly with the performance of a whole”

Pianist Magazine

July 2017


“The Tapiola Sinfonietta make a fantastic sound, crisp and clean as a Nordic summer’s day, and match the soloist’s sense of fun and freedom.”

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