Beethoven: Piano Concertos No. 4 & No. 5 (“Emperor”)

Two all-time classics by the legendary Brendel

Legendary pianist Alfred Brendel delivers a striking performance of two Beethoven piano concertos. Famed conductors Paul Angerer and Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra create rich latitudes upon which Brendel shines.

 

No.4: “Deeply satisfying… Brendel’s control of phrase and colour… contrast of the slow movement are strongly and poetically made… uses the second of the cadenzas, not generally heard.”

No.5: “Splendidly bold and vigorous reading, well supported… main rondo theme merges vividly and with great character.”  – Penguin Guide