[ Deutsche Grammophon / 3 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 13 August 2021
Krystian Zimerman, Sir Simon Rattle, and Ludwig van Beethoven: three exceptional musicians and five great piano concertos are brought together for a landmark recording. This release is among the biggest highlights to conclude the Beethoven anniversary celebrations.
Over 30 years ago, in 1989, Krystian Zimerman and Leonard Bernstein recorded Beethoven's Piano Concertos nos. 3, 4 and 5. They were united in their total dedication to music - in mind, heart and soul - resulting in an exceptional recording. Sadly, Bernstein died before the cycle was recorded in completion. Zimerman went on to conduct the remaining Concertos nos. 1 and 2 from the keyboard in 1991.
"The impression Bernstein's approach to music made on me was very clear," Zimerman says. "He gave me the courage and confidence to be daring with my interpretations, trying out musical ideas that were completely new."
"Zimerman and Rattle convey the sense that, though Beethoven was entering territory essentially charted by Mozart, he consciously did so as his own man." Gramophone
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 'Emperor'