“At many points the (Emperor) concerto exudes an energy that goes beyond the purely musical. Its expressiveness has a human, perhaps also a period dimenion, composed as the work was in the years between 1809 and 1810 when Beethoven’s adopted hometown of Vienna was occupied and bombed by Napoleon’s troops. The original devotion of the composer for the French revolutionist gave way to sharp rejection. And from the stormy force of his music speaks an irresistible urge for freedom. This is clearly felt in the recording.

“Also, when it comes to the point, the interpretation is always clearly articulated and razor sharp – and that too highlights the exceptional standing of this recording. A strong conclusion to a Beethoven recording which is gripping from the first note to the last.”


Author: Marcus Stäbler