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After decades of work on Beethoven’s original scores, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder offers a definitive interpretation of all of Beethoven’s piano concertos in this series of live recordings. Buchbinder conducts the Vienna Philharmonic from the piano and achieves a rare degree of tension and chamber-like concentration. Buchbinder owns dozens of initial issues of the Beehoven piano concertos and studies Beethoven’s autographs in depth.

This 3CD collection features Buchbinder as soloist and conductor and is a live recording of concerts held in May 2011 at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.

Buchbinder’s interpretation of Beethoven has been described as “channelling the music from some cosmic beyond” by The New York Times. The Chicago Tribune praised the “combination of stylistic authority and elegance that marks his playing” when he performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti in June 2013. In 2012 Buchbinder was awarded both an ECHO Klassik Award for Best Instrumentalist of the Year and the Choc de l’année for Sony’s The Sonata Legacy, a 9CD box set recording of all of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'

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