Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2

Hannes Minnaar, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

Before we listen to the young Dutch pianist Hannes Minnaar play Beethoven’s first two piano concertos, it is perhaps interesting to see how another young pianist may have played them once, long ago – a German who lived in Vienna, a headstrong and temperamental genius. His name? Ludwig van Beethoven. His pupil, the famous composer of etudes and sensitive observer Carl Czerny, once described his playing: “[…] characterised by passionate strength, alternated with all the charm of a smooth cantabile. The expressiveness is often intensified to extremes, particularly when the music tends towards humour […] Passages become extremely daring by use of the pedal […] His playing does not possess that clean and brilliant elegance of certain other pianists. On the other hand, it was spirited, grand and, especially in the adagio, filled with emotion
and romanticism.”
Strength. Smoothness. Humour. Focus on these aspects and you will come close to Beethoven. Minnaar, De Vriend and The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra play the concertos in reverse order: first 2, then 1. A bit odd. Or isn’t it? Artistically, it is highly defensible: introduced as it were by the more balanced, more modest Piano Concerto no. 2, no. 1 radiates all the more festiveness (trumpets, clarinets and tympani have come to join the orchestra). Perhaps the lovely, gentle, almost feminine B flat major of Concerto no. 2 would not have been able to hold its own after the male and martial C major. But there is something else

Tracklist

1.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19 - Allegro con brio
14:23
2.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19 - Adagio
07:29
3.
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19 - Rondo - Allegro molto
06:11
4.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15 - Allegro con brio
17:49
5.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15 - Largo
10:13
6.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15 - Rondo - Allegro
08:50

Total time: 01:04:55

Additional information

Artists

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Editing Software

Pyramix

Conductors

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Siltech

Digital Converters

dCS

Composers

Mastering Room

Avalon Acoustic

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

Sonodore

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf, Brendon Heinst

Recording location

Muziekcentrum, Enschede, The Netherlands

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

CC72712

Release Date June 6, 2017
SKU CC72712

Press reviews

Trouw

“The musical covenant that the pianist and the conductor have concluded, is clearly audible. Minnaar gives great direction to everything he plays. So here too, and his solo cadenza in the second concerto is a smart example of that. De Vriend stirs it all up wonderfully.”

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