Beethoven: Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80 (Choral Fantasy)

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Leif Ove Andsnes: The Beethoven Journey (Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy)

Leif Ove Andsnes: The Beethoven Journey (Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy)


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Prague Philharmonic Choir


The celebrated Norwegian pianist completes his multi-annual collaborative journey with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to Beethoven’s five piano concertos. The Beethoven Journey is a four-year collaborative project between celebrated pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Together they have recorded all of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos, as well as the Choral Fantasy, with Andsnes not only playing but also directing the orchestra. The series began with the live recording of the Piano Concertos 1 & 3 at the Prague Spring Festival in the historic Rudolfinum building. The second CD, Piano Concertos 2 & 4, was recorded in London in 2013, and the final album was recorded again live at the Prague Spring Festival in 2014. Leif Ove Andsnes has devoted the majority of his performing and recording activities in the last 3 years to the music of Beethoven. Although Andsnes has an extensive discography, “The Beethoven Journey” is his first Beethoven recording ever.

“Andsnes manages to be lithe and spontaneous-sounding, and doesn't overplaying hints of melodrama...In a way Andsnes reminds me of Schnabel in his sureness of touch, albeit in a very different style...The unanimity in the closing bars between Andsnes and his orchestra says it all. Having used up my stash of superlatives, all I can say is: go buy.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

“There is no absence of weight here or of rhythmic sinew, but the range of softer dynamics and the flux of light and shade are truly remarkable. With Andsnes, every note counts, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra complements him in definition and refined phrasing. These are Beethoven performances of arresting maturity, stylistic acumen and utter delight.” The Telegraph, 10th January 2015 *****

“Andsnes's view of the Emperor Concerto's slow movement may strike some listeners as less contemplative and poetic than usual, and it may be that his interpretation of the piece will deepend over time, but it's beautifully played...Particularly notable in Andsnes's performance of the first movement is the mysterious approach to the recapitulation, where he and the orchestra vividly convey the feeling of the music holding its breath.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 *****

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Sony Leif Ove Andsnes The Beethoven Journey - 88843058862

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Credo

Credo


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Esa-Pekka Salonen

Corigliano, J:

Fantasia on an Ostinato

Pärt:

Credo

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir, Esa-Pekka Salonen


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DG - 4791055

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Choral Fantasy

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Choral Fantasy


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 'Appassionata'

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 'Waldstein'

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Teresa Stich-Randall, Judith Hellwig (sopranos), Hilde Rössel-Majdan (contralto), Anton Dermota, Erich Majkut (tenors) & Paul Schöffler (bass)

Wiener Staatsopernchor & Wiener Symphoniker, Karl Böhm


Hans Richter-Haaser (piano)

One of Eloquence’s chief credos is to bring back into circulation forgotten recordings or artists who’ve slipped from memory. ‘Hans Richter-Who?’ you might say. Born in 1912 in Dresden and taught there both by Hans Schneider and in the famous class of Robert Teichmüller, around the age of 30 Richter-Haaser moved to Detmold. At first Richter-Haaser took over the artistic direction of the city orchestra. But by 1947 he had already been entrusted with a piano masterclass. This must be seen as a substantial foundation for the rank and renown of the Detmold Music Academy, which in recent years has become a sort of forge for pianists. His recordings are, sadly, few and far between. He recorded Beethoven sonatas for both Philips and EMI. Issued several years ago on its ‘The Early Years’ imprint, these Beethoven recordings from the 1950s are long out of print and a much sought-after collector’s item. The sonatas are coupled here with Richter-Haaser as soloist in the Choral Fantasy, with Karl Böhm conducting.

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Beethoven: Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112, etc.

Beethoven:

Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt, Op. 112

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80


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DG - E4197792

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56, etc.

Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Claudio Arrau (piano), Henryk Szeryng (violin), Janos Starker (cello)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Alfred Brendel (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink


A Beethoven extravaganza coupling two of his works using the piano and other friends. The Choral Fantasy here receives one of its most powerful performances and the Triple Concerto one of its most ennobling.

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4643682

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto & C

Beethoven: Triple Concerto & C


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Itzhak Perlman (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper


Warner Classics - 2564612966

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor' & Choral Fantasy, Op. 80

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor' & Choral Fantasy, Op. 80


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80


The twelfth and final volume of Beethoven’s Complete Orchestral Works in Simax’s edition - a pairing of the ‘Emperor’ Concerto and the Choral Fantasy - by Thomas Dausgaard, Boris Berezovsky and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra finds all the musicians on top form.

Though close to each other in date, the two works on this disc, which are the last in which Beethoven wrote for piano and orchestra together, are in other respects quite dissimilar. The Fifth Piano Concerto known (almost exclusively within the English-speaking world, incidentally) by the nickname of the ‘Emperor’ was Beethoven’s last completed work in the genre. It is a standard piano concerto, or so it seems to listeners today, because it was uniquely influential in defining the form for the next 100 years. To its first audiences it must have seemed highly individual and even idiosyncratic.

The Choral Fantasy, on the other hand, appears an unorthodox, even unique conception, much freer in form, as befits the title “fantasy” which Beethoven chose for it. Yet both are entirely characteristic of the composer in their deployment of a structure that served the purposes of the content of the work itself to its greatest advantage.

“The Choral Fantasy is a fascinating work in its own right: an amalgam of concerto, variations and cantata…[this is] as fine a performance as you are likely to find” BBC Music Magazine, September 2016 ****

Simax Beethoven Orchestral Works - PSC1285

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Choral Fantasy & Symphony No. 5

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Choral Fantasy & Symphony No. 5


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Eileen Farrell (soprano), Carol Smith (alto), Richard Lewis (tenor), Kim Borg (bass)

Westminster Choir

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Westminster Choir

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Consecration of the House Overture, Op. 124

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Urania Widescreen Collection - WS121196

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Beethoven In Berlin

Beethoven In Berlin

The New Year's Eve concert 1991


Beethoven:

Egmont Incidental Music, Op. 84

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Leonore Overture No. 2, Op. 72a

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80


Cheryl Studer (soprano), Kristina Clemenz (soprano), Camille Capasso (mezzo-soprano), John Aler (tenor), Hiroshi Oshima (tenor), Friedrich Molsberger (bass), Yevgeny Kissin (piano), Bruno Ganz (narrator)

Berliner Philharmoniker, RIAS Kammerchor, Claudio Abbado

DG - 4793826

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Choral Fantasy

Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Choral Fantasy


Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Beaux Arts Trio

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Menahem Pressler (piano)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62

Egmont Overture, Op. 84


“Not only does Pressler’s playing sparkle in the concerto, he is an inspired protagonist in the Choral Fantasia, setting the pattern of joyfulness in this performance. The other prime mover is Kurt Masur, who has rarely conducted more electrifying Beethoven performances on disc.” Gramophone Magazine

Decca Virtuoso - 4786962

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