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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 - Choral Fantasia

Ronald Brautigam, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Parrott

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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73  
1
I. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam; Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Parrott
18:18
2
II. Adagio un poco mosso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam; Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Parrott
6:19
3
III. Rondo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam; Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Parrott
9:40
4
Choral Fantasia in C Minor, Op. 80
Ludwig van Beethoven; Ronald Brautigam; Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Parrott
17:26
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    51:43
"Notes pour and sparkle from Brautigam's fingers like diamonds ... clearly Bruatigam has chosen his instrument to reflect his love of clarity, lightness and speed ..."
- Gramophone

"Five Stars ... has many of the virtues of its predecessors, not least, a refreshing liveliness coupled with a welcome sense of risk-taking ... certainly, there’s much to enjoy in these performances ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Four Stars ... the opening of the concerto is excellent: Parrott gets appropriately spacious playing from the orchestra, while the bell-like tone of Brautigam's instrument, a Steinway Model D, helps to prevent the music from sounding too bombastic ... (in the Fantasia) Brautigam could almost be Beethoven himself improvising."
- Classic FM

For the final installment in his series of Beethoven's works for piano and orchestra, Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam has saved the final crowning glory of the composer's concerto output, the Piano Concerto No. 5. It is coupled with the Choral Fantasia, an intriguing piece scored for piano, orchestra and chorus with vocal soloists. Brautigam, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Parrott are all in their usual top form, joined for a brief but crucial appearance of the eminent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir in the Choral Fantasia.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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