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The Birth of Venus

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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58 was completed just before the tranquil and beautiful Violin Concerto in 1806 and, like the violin concerto, gives an overall impression of a gentle work as opposed to the fifth ('Emperor') concerto; a work of overwhelming dimensions and power. It is not, however, suggested that the fourth concerto lacks drama, but that it is not of the heroic and dominating kind. Of Beethoven's five piano concertos, this is the first in which he made a break from the classical style inherited from his days with Haydn and Mozart and recognized in his earlier works. In this, the least aggressive of all his piano concertos, both the orchestra and piano are present from the first bars, and the flow of inspiration creates a poetic mood and melodic themes continue throughout. The fourth piano concerto has not been recorded as frequently as the 1st, 3rd and 5th concerto, never-the-less it is one of the most harmonious and beautiful.

Sonata No. 32 C Minor Op. 111 was composed in the last and most introspective period of Beethoven's creative life, and was the last of his 32 sonatas for piano solo. He composed the piano sonatas throughout his entire career and they played an important role in moving the piano away from the classical chamber style into the romantic and passionate style of Liszt. In Beethoven's last sonatas, the titanic Hammerklaver Sonata Op. 106 and the variations in the finale of Sonata No. 32, the demand on the pianist had become ever increasing, requiring a technique of extreme virtuosity. His sonatas did not necessarily get bigger or better, as there are movements of immense power and beauty in the early sonatas; however, as the result of the most careful thought, and as composing had never come easy to him, he now wrote his works in a most meticulous and intellectual way which, in piano works, has never been matched by any other composer.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

   Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major Op. 58

             Sonata No. 32 in C Minor Op. 111

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Allegro Moderato
Allegro Con Moto
Rondo: Vivace

19:22
  5:21
  9:54

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Maestoso. Allegro Con Brio ed Appassionata
Arietta. Adagio Molto Semplice e Cantabile

                   Playing Time 60:36

8:32
17:08

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Pavel Nersessian, Piano
1st Prize in the Dublin Int. Piano Competition 1991 
The New Russia Orchestra * Conductor Andrei Tchistiakov



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Moscow Radio Studio Five,  11/1996 
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