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Discussion: Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" - Michelangeli

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Post by hiredfox October 24, 2013 (1 of 5)
Incredible what the Praga guys can do with poor tapes. The starting material for the Beethoven Concerto dates from a radio broadcast from Prague during the Prague Festival of 1957 and boy is it poor, but from it they have conjured up and captured in wonderful DSD a bravura performance of the Emperor by arguably the world's greatest ever pianist but who none-the-less appears all too infrequently on disc. What amazes me is how well the piano part is portrayed whilst the accompanying orchestra fares less well from a tape or tapes that all too clearly are frayed at the edges.

It's a must for genuine classicists collectors and fans of Michelangeli and as good a performance of the Emperor as you will ever hear on disc. It is not the only attraction, Debussy's "Images" is played with freshness and charm that defies its age and a more colourful interpretation would be hard to imagine.

Top marks to Praga, almost literal silk purse!

Post by canonical October 24, 2013 (2 of 5)

Post by Ubertrout October 24, 2013 (3 of 5)
Who is the orchestra/conductor for the concerto?

Post by hiredfox October 24, 2013 (4 of 5)
Ubertrout said:

Who is the orchestra/conductor for the concerto?

Prague Symphony Orchestra
Vàclav Smetacek

Post by hiredfox October 25, 2013 (5 of 5)
canonical said:

You will probably prefer this:

Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 - Michelangeli, Giulini

Um? Not if I want to listen to the Emperor.

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