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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, Triple Concerto - Pires, Vogt, Nikolitch, Hugh, Haitink

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, Triple Concerto - Pires, Vogt, Nikolitch, Hugh, Haitink

LSO Live  LSO0745

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2*, Triple Concerto

Maria João Pires*, Lars Vogt (pianos)
Gordan Nikolitch (violin)
Tim Hugh (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)


LSO Live celebrates the 90th birthday of one of the conducting world’s greats, Bernard Haitink.

Few artists have a deeper understanding of the music of Beethoven than the celebrated Dutch conductor, who is known for his mastery of the great symphonic repertoire. This album focuses on Haitink's interpretations of Beethoven's concerto writing, coupling a new recording of Piano Concerto No 2 by Maria João Pires with a virtuosic performance of the Triple Concerto by Lars Vogt, Gordan Nikolitch and Tim Hugh, which was originally made alongside Haitink's now iconic cycle of the composer's complete symphonies.

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Recorded live 17 & 21 February 2013 (Piano Concerto No. 2; 16-17 November 2005 (Leonore Overture No. 2) and 26-27 November 2005 (Triple Concerto) at the Barbican Hall, London, United Kingdom, DSD 64fs

Producer: James Mallinson

Recording, editing and mastering facilities: Classic Sound Ltd

Re-mastering engineer: Jonathan Stokes (Classic Sound Ltd)

Recording engineer: Chris Roberts (Piano Concerto No. 2) (Classic Sound Ltd)

Balance engineer: Andrew Halifax (Classic Sound Ltd) (Piano Concerto No. 2)

Balance and mixing engineers: Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson (Classic Sound Ltd) (Triple Concerto & Leonore Overture No. 2)

Audio editing: Ian Watson and Jenni Whiteside (Classic Sound Ltd) (Triple Concerto & Leonore Overture No. 2); Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes (Piano Concerto No. 2)
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Comment by hiredfox - March 30, 2019 (1 of 2)

It is as well to be aware that this is a compilation of old recordings that have not been released before and as such came as huge disappointment. The Piano Concerto was recorded in 2013, the Triple Concerto in 2008. Both were recorded in DSD 64fs and show their age in terms of recording quality with narrow soundstage, somewhat flat acoustics and poor dynamic range suggesting some alteration of levels during editing.

At times in the Triple Concerto the soloists seem to be sitting in the same position; the violin component is much quieter than the cello whilst the piano is over-dominant. Pires performance is typically assured and polished from this 'veteran' soloists but not outstanding in any way.

All in all and my sincerest apologies to LSO Live for this negativity but this is not good enough as a 'special' when clearly the performances or recordings when originally made were presumably not considered good enough to release at their respective times.

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - March 30, 2019 (2 of 2)

Quite so. I had the Triple Concerto but discarded it for its poor sound quality