Beethoven: The Piano Concertos

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RELEASE DATE: 28/02/2020
ADDITIONAL ARTISTS: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

3 CD


ABC Classics
When a 32-year-old Jayson Gillham fronted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to play all five Beethoven piano concertos in 2019, an Elder Hall audience was held spellbound right to the last bar. Here was a young artist meeting a major task with a full flush of fresh inspiration, and alongside him was an equally young conductor, Nicholas Carter, who drew marvellous playing from the ASO. These ABC recordings bring it all back vividly. Gillham is unrushed in tempo and allows himself time to weave an abundance of magic, but he also erupts in virtuosic fury when occasion demands. With the rare ability of making the surprising sound inevitable, he shows an uncanny affinity with the composer's spirit. There is not a single moment when these live recordings lose their spell on this terrific three-disc set.
Graham Strahie Weekend Australian, April 25, 2020

ABC Classic is thrilled to announce the release of the complete piano concertos by Beethoven, performed by pianist Jayson Gillham, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Carter.

This cycle – the first in twenty years recorded with an Australian pianist, conductor and orchestra – is a major contribution to the ongoing celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary.

Beethoven’s five piano concertos stand at the very pinnacle of classical music. Written between 1795 and 1809, they trace the evolution of Beethoven’s music from the inheritor of the Classical style perfected by Mozart and Haydn, to the inventor of a style that was entirely his own: dramatic, expressive, and revolutionary.

Recorded in five concerts performed over 10 days at Adelaide’s Elder Hall in June 2019, these recordings capture a soloist, conductor and orchestra totally in synch with each other, with a shared vision for the sound world and rhetoric of these mighty works. Reviews of the concert remarked at the “chamber music-like intimacy” between the performers, with a “sense of balance and support… often never heard before within these well-known and much listened to works” (Limelight).vvvv


Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major,
Op. 15

1.I. Allegro con brio
2.II. Largo
3.III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19

1.I. Allegro con brio
2.II. Adagio
3.III. Rondo: Molto allegro


Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor,
Op. 37

1.I. Allegro con brio
2.II. Largo
3.III. Rondo: Allegro

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major,
Op. 58

1.I. Allegro moderato
2.II. Andante con moto
3.III. Rondo: Vivace


Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’

1.I. Allegro
2.II. Adagio un poco mosso
3.III. Rondo: Allegro
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