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Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos - Alfred Brendel (piano); Chicago Symphony Orchestra; James Levine (conductor)
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  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
  2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
  3. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  4. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
  5. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ("Emperor"), Op. 73
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Although Alfred Brendel goes on at length about the textural improvements in his liner notes to his cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos with James Levine conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the real reason to get this recording is to hear the acoustical improvements in the sound. In the original 1983 edition, Philips' early digital sound was harsh, hard, glassy, glossy, and very ugly. In this 1997 edition, Philips' digital remastering is clean, clear, lucid, pellucid, and very beautiful. But despite Brendel's ...

Beethoven: The Five Piano Concertos 1997, Philips

UPC: 028945604527