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Keyboard Concertos - Released October 13, 2017 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason

Keyboard Concertos - Released March 2, 2018 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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.

Classical - Released August 9, 2019 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet
Beethoven was really following his heart when he chose to set Goethe's dramas to music. The work is a dream of a utopia of a free humanity; a dream Beethoven had already held up in his opera Fidelio and that reached its culmination in his Ninth Symphony. Written in 1788, Goethe's piece has the Count of Egmont grappling with a despotic Duke, who represents the Spanish invader in Flanders. Arrested, imprisoned and abandoned, he is condemned to death. But his martyrdom turns out to be a victory against absolutism. For Beethoven, this was a goldmine. With great enthusiasm, he sent his score to the poet... And got no response.We are indebted to Herbert von Karajan for this full version of the stage music with soprano Gundula Janowitz, recorded for the great "Édition Beethoven" to mark the bicentenary of the composer's birth in 1970. This new edition, recorded at a concert in Helsinki, is the first "historically accurate" recording, performed on period instruments. It also includes a narrator, in fact the actor, producer and Swiss-German auteur Robert Hunger-Bühler, a member of the Zurich Schauspielhaus.Revolutionary productions of Monteverdi, Handel and the operas of Koželuch have won widespread respect for the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra. Since 2011, its monthly performances have won a vast, new and enthusiastic audience. A visionary selection of repertoires and guest artists has thrilled the public to a degree never seen before with baroque music in Finland. The guest soloists and conductors include Franco Fagioli, Isabelle Faust, Reinhard Goebel, Werner Güra, Erich Höbarth, René Jacobs, Sophie Karthäuser, Julia Lezhneva, Riccardo Minasi, Enrico Onofri, Valer Sabadus, Carolyn Sampson, Skip Sempé and Dmitry Sinkovsky. © François Hudry/Qobuz