| Antonio J. wrote:|
|Do you know of other renditions of this work worth the purchase?|
This concerto is “lucky”, it well-performed and there are many good recordings. Some of my “honorable mentions” would be:
Michelangeli with anybody else – he recorded this work a half dozen times over a 1/4 century with many conductors – each of his performance worth to listen.
Backhaus with Hans-Scmidt-Isserstedt – they recorded and released this peace also many times, I do not remember which exactly vintage especially attracted my attention: it was long time ago, but it was very good, although it was slightly in the Backhaus’s style…
Gieseking 1944 with Rother and Berlin Radio Orchestra – a live broadcast played during the Berlin air-defense was fighting with the Russian bombers. Even if you take out the historical ingredient of this performance and to look only at the musical value then I still found it was very very interesting.
Horowitz with Reiner in 1951 - Horowitz in end of the 40s begin of the 50s was in a spectacular shape and this performance is great. Of courses Mr. Beethoven in there was slightly dipped into the Horowitz’s sauce …. but ... why not if the result was good.
Schnabel with Sargent in 1933 – probably the most classical performance of this work
Serkin with Walter – they recorded it a few times –1941, 1943… I feel that after the War recording was the most interesting. It was in the end of the 40s…
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche