Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 (2015)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra, Maria João Pires

Bernard Haitink

 

When Beethoven arrived in Vienna in 1792, just a few weeks before his 22nd Birthday. It was to study with the world's most famous comoser and to absorb some of the atmosphere of what was arguably the musical capital of the world. - 'to receive the spirit of Mozart from the hands of Haydn' as one friend back in Bonn put it. But it was as a virtuoso pianist that he first made his name.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Bernard Haitink

With an international conducting career that has spanned more than five decades, Amsterdam-born Bernard Haitink is one of today’s most celebrated conductors. Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010, Bernard Haitink has also held posts as music director of the Royal Concertgebouw, Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Conductor Laureate of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

Bernard Haitink has recorded widely with the Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as recording highly acclaimed cycles of Brahms and Beethoven symphonies with the LSO for LSO Live. He was awarded a Grammy for Best Opera Recording in 2004 for Janá?ek’s Jenufa with the Royal Opera, and for Best Orchestral Performance of 2008 for Shostakovich’s Symphony No 4 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Maria João Pires

One of the finest musicians of her generation, pianist Maria João Pires continues to transfix audiences with the spotless integrity, eloquence and vitality of her art. Born in 1944 in Lisbon, she gave her first public performance in 1948. Since 1970 she has dedicated herself to reflecting on the influence of art on life, community, and education, and in trying to develop new ways of implementing pedagogic theories within society. In the last ten years she has held many workshops with students from all round the world, and has taken her philosophy and teaching to Japan, Brazil, Portugal, France, and Switzerland. More recently she joined the teaching faculty of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium where she is working with a group of highly gifted young pianists. Maria João has appeared with all the major European orchestras, under the batons of Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Ivan Fischer, among others. She has a large and varied discography including solo repertoire, chamber music, and concertos. Recent recordings – released to great critical acclaim – include a solo Schubert CD, and a CD with Antonio Meneses recorded ‘live’ at London’s Wigmore Hall.

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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 2 (2015)

Beethoven

London Symphony Orchestra, Maria João Pires

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Andrew Halifax, Chris Roberts - for Classic Sound Ltd.
Recording location: Barbican, London, England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major, Op 19: - i. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major, Op 19: - ii. Adagio
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Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat major, Op 19: - iii. Rondo: Molto allegro
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