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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: II. Largo
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15: III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: II. Largo
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo: Allegro
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historical informed fine sounding beethoven

gemi-b

all the concerts r.bräutigam plays on a small steinway, nót a concert-grande, of course, as he realizes all sonatas on late walther-fortepianos and very im- pressive so. the small orchestra sounds light and precise as a fine musician like andrew parrott knows how classical-structured music has to sound. remember his splendid recording of bach's h-moll-mass. and, not at least, all these concertos are best bis-sounding.

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A fine album

nzguy

I couldn't disagree more with RonanM. Brautigam plays a fine Steinway D with fierce clarity and duets intimately with this splendid orchestra. With Andrew Parrott at the helm, you would expect period sensitivity and this is what you get. This is also one of the best sounding orchestral music downloads that I have heard from eMusic. There seems to have been a noticeable improvement in the quality of orchestral mp3 encoding of late (July 2008) - the John Picker from BIS and the Edward Gregson from Chandos also sound closer to CD quality than earlier downloads.

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A disappointing album

RonanM

Brautigam - whose recordings of Beethoven's sonatas on period instruments has been a delight - disappoints a little in his choice of an anonymous-sounding concert grand. But the big disappointment is the orchestra, which is bland in the extremene. Beethoven's witty, punchy orchestral writing is submerged into an all-purpose sound that lacks bite, contrast and character. Brautigam's playing sounds less incisive than usual too. Given the lack of stimulation, I'm not surprised.