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Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"; Sonata Op. 111 ()

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 ("Emperor"), was the first piece Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire played in public, at the age of 12. He returned to it in 2014, at the beginning of a new Beethoven cycle, and the results are quite attractive. His reading avoids the gigantism and formal flourish implicit in most performances of the "Emperor," but it's not an anti-heroic interpretation. Instead, Freire steps back slightly and allows greater articulation of the piano's sweeping phrases in the opening ...

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Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 "Emperor"; Sonata Op. 111
2014, Decca

UPC: 028947867715

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