BEETHOVEN: PI­ANO CON­CER­TOS 1 & 3

Mikhail Plet­nev (pi­ano), Rus­sian Na­tional Orches­tra/Chris­tian Gan­sch Deutsche Gram­mophon

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

The ex­tra lit­tle de­lay be­fore the soloist’s en­try in the First Con­certo, and the capri­cious tempo ma­nip­u­la­tion which fol­lows (ru­bato seems an in­ad­e­quate word), will be a good test of any­one’s re­sponse to Mikhail Plet­nev’s Beethoven per­for­mances, recorded live in Bonn last Septem­ber. The sound is light (he uses a Blüth­ner pi­ano), the pi­anism de­lec­ta­ble, the scale mostly small, the in­ten­tion to gen­u­flect to Beethoven’s known mas­tery of im­pro­vi­sa­tion. The con­duct­ing of Chris­tian Gan­sch, of course, is con­ven­tion­ally straight, the Rus­sian Na­tional Orches­tra’s play­ing char­ac­ter­ful. It’s the un­ex­pected out­comes of the soloist’s fo­cus on spon­tane­ity at all costs which set the disc so thor­oughly apart. www.deutschegram­mophon.com

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