New Beethoven PC #4 cadenzas: Harbison!

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New Beethoven PC #4 cadenzas: Harbison!

Post by Lance » Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:14 pm

I was quite amazed listening to Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4 in G Major, Op. 58. Heard it on Sirius/XM - had to have it. Not only are the cadenzas brought into the 21st century, but it is done with the Borromeo Quartet, not a full orchestra. David Deveau is the pianist. It appears on Steinway & Sons label [30099]. The disc also includes Mozart's Piano Concerto #14 in E-flat Major, K.449 with the Borromeo, John Harbison's (b.1935) Anniversary Waltz from 1987, and concludes with Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor, K. 396. If you didn't think you'd want to acquire another Beethoven Fourth (I already have too many to count!), you may want to see how the cadenzas integrate with Beethoven's work.

This is reminiscent of Gidon Kremer, the violinist, who recorded Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Schnittke's cadenzas with ASMF under Marriner, originally released on Philips, recorded 1980. It was startling but nonetheless most interesting.

So - cadenzas do mean a lot to music lovers! No?
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