Martin Helmchen – Beethoven: Piano Concertos 2 & 5 “Emperor” (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:20 minutes | 636 MB | Genre: Classical
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Following two stunning projects with his spouse, the cellist Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Martin Helmchen started a solo collaboration with the label Alpha Classics, publishing a remarkable version of the Variations Diabelli, one of the best in recent years, and certainly better than the one by Gorini on the same label. As part of the year of Beethoven, he has teamed up with conductor Andrew Manze for a complete recording of the Concertos by the Master of Bonn. This first volume sets the tone.
From the first movement of the Second Concerto, we are gripped by the speed of the ensemble, the resurgence of a revitalised musical spirit, a supreme musicality: in sum, a celebration of the feverish creativity of the Master of Bonn. After this allegro which is truly “con brio”, a major contrast is achieved with the Adagio where Martin Helmchen’s singing is reserved, with a lyrical tenderness that recalls Mozart’s later Concertos. But there is also something profoundly modern here, in that accumulated sense of waiting, of “suspense” and suspension, which are the hallmarks of the young Beethoven.
In the Emperor, recorded at the Berliner Philharmoniker, Helmchen’s piano continues to bring opposites together – this mix of impetuosity and tender lyricism – without ever feeling forced. The lively, sensitive orchestra, conducted by Manze, provides a sweeping breadth that Martin Helmchen must have long dreamt of. Amidst the whole swelling ocean of Beethoven, this new release is not to be missed. – Pierre-Yves Lascar
01. Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat-Major, Op. 41: I. Allegro con brio
02. Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat-Major, Op. 41: II. Adagio
03. Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat-Major, Op. 41: III. Rondo. Molto allegro
04. Piano Concerto No.5 in E Flat-Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”: I. Allegro
05. Piano Concerto No.5 in E Flat-Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”: II. Adagio un poco moto
06. Piano Concerto No.5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 “Emperor”: III. Rondo. Allegro
Details of original recording : Recorded in Berlin : at Berliner Philharmonie in May 2019 (Concerto No.5) and at Teldex Studio in October 2018 (Concerto No.2)