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Keyboard Concertos - Released March 2, 2018 | Ondine

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This is the final volume in a Beethoven concerto cycle by German pianist Lars Vogt that has been generally acclaimed for its freshness and detail. Vogt both plays and conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia, of which he is music director, and the result has been interpretations in which pianist and orchestra achieve an unusual kind of sync. The results are spectacular in the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, where Vogt eases into each movement, as it were, letting details accrete and add power. Sample the final movement, where the orchestra begins at a very low dynamic level, and Vogt weaves piano and orchestra together convincingly as the music proceeds. The first two movements open in circumspect ways but, as they develop, reveal Beethoven the virtuoso as Viennese audiences must have experienced him; note especially the curious clipped treatment of the second movement's orchestral theme, so different from the stomping giant favored by most conductors. The final diminished fifth comes out in sharp, chilling relief here. Vogt's approach is a bit less successful in the early Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, where the syncopations ring and rock, but the basic Mozartian shapes of the themes are indistinct. Nevertheless, Vogt's Beethoven recordings are major statements, and this album is no exception.
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Keyboard Concertos - Released November 10, 2017 | Mirare

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Keyboard Concertos - Released October 13, 2017 | Ondine

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Keyboard Concertos - Released July 14, 2017 | Sony Classical

Concertos - Released May 19, 2017 | DOREMI

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Keyboard Concertos - Released April 7, 2017 | BIS

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Keyboard Concertos - Released April 7, 2017 | RCA Red Seal

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Concertos - Released September 7, 2009 | naïve classique

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 30, 2016 | APR

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 10, 2016 | Orfeo

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Concertos - Released December 17, 2015 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Concertos - Released December 17, 2015 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Concertos - Released December 17, 2015 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Concertos - Released December 17, 2015 | PAVLIK RECORDS

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Keyboard Concertos - Released November 3, 2014 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles de Classica - Qobuzissime
Into the crowded field containing pairings of Beethoven's first two piano concerto come pianist Louis Schwizgebel (formerly Schwizgebel-Wang) and conductor Thierry Fischer, leading the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They make a mark precisely by not treating these two Beethoven concertos as a pair, but as distinctive entities as disparate as any pair of early piano sonatas might be. The Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, was actually composed after the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19, but in the hands of Schwizgebel and Fischer, who shape both works with an unusual depth of dialogue, it is the later first concerto that really looks back to Mozart. The first-movement orchestral exposition, under Fischer, even evokes Mozart's Paris works in its smooth lightness, answered by Schwizgebel with a kind of relaxed wit that spins out into the longer Beethoven cadenza. The Piano Concerto No. 2, by contrast, is ebullient, even rollicking, with the finale taken at a brisk clip that sets Schwizgebel's sharp accents against the LPO's winds in a wiry, enthusiastic finale. These are both distinctive Beethoven performances at a very high level, and they apparently mark the beginning of a Beethoven cycle that ought to offer much to look forward to.

Concertos - Released August 1, 2014 | Urania Records

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Concertos - Released August 1, 2014 | Urania Records

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Concertos - Released July 15, 2014 | Hungaroton

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Concertos - Released July 15, 2014 | Hungaroton

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Keyboard Concertos - Released February 14, 2014 | Sony Classical

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice