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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5

Wilhelm Kempff, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ferdinand Leitner

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Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58  
1
1. Allegro moderato
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
17:17
2
2. Andante con moto
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
4:50
3
3. Rondo. Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
10:39
Piano Concerto No.5 In E Flat Major Op.73 -"Emperor"  
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1. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
20:18
5
2. Adagio un poco mosso
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
7:36
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3. Rondo (Allegro)
Ludwig van Beethoven; Wilhelm Kempff; Berliner Philharmoniker; Ferdinand Leitner
10:38
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:18
"... memorable are the qualities of fantasy and musing inwardness in Kempff's playing ... if you own just one Beethoven concerto disc, this should be it."
- The Telegraph

"... Kempff's Beethoven playing is one of our great modern miracles. More self-forgetful than any great pianist I know, Kempff greets the music with spontaneous delight and, greeting it, never for a moment tries to fix it. In Kempff's playing, mind and imagination, wit and fantasy, long-term concentration and smiling delight in the briefest brushed innuendo, sit happily side by side, perfectly fused."
- Gramophone

German pianist Wilhelm Kempff recorded the complete set of Beethoven's piano concertos with the Berliner Philharmoniker twice in his career; the first time in mono in the early 1950s and again under conductor Ferdinand Leitner in stereo in the early 1960s. This album comes from the highly acclaimed later set of recordings and was released in 1962.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Deutsche Grammophon Studio Masters

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