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Beethoven’s piano concertos are a precious source for understanding the history of the practice of this instrument, which, in the early nineteenth century, permanently replaced the harpsichord in the hearts of composers. Thus one can still hear the galant influence of Mozart in the First Concerto (1795-1800), whereas the Fourth (1805-06) reveals the introspective personality, at once vigorous and generous, of a Beethoven at the height of his artistic maturity. In the second instalment of his recording of the complete concertos, the German pianist Martin Helmchen performs these two contrasting works with Andrew Manze and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Klara Ordeel award

"Helmchen/Manze's stylish, insightful accounts belong to the top rank."
MusicWeb International
"This new Beethoven concerto cycle on Alpha looks like it's going to be one of the major events of the Beethoven year. In tandem with Andrew Manze's able leadership of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, here are superb performances that offer sympathetic musicianship leavened by an intelligent awareness of period performance practice–the best of the old and the new."
ClassicsToday
"In tandem with Andrew Manze's able leadership of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, here are superb performances that offer sympathetic musicianship leavened by an intelligent awareness of period performance practice–the best of the old and the new."
ClassicsToday