Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 3 (Chamber Versions) (CD)

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Neal Peres Da Costa, Skye McIntosh, Australian Haydn Ensemble

The drama of Beethoven transported into the intimate spaces of the Classical world. 

The Australian Haydn Ensemble, acclaimed for their fresh and vibrant performances of the music of the Classical era, bring their deep knowledge of historical performance techniques to Beethoven’s first and third piano concertos to play them as they would have been first encountered by audiences of Beethoven’s own time: as chamber music, for a small ensemble that could comfortably fit into a private home. In an era without recordings, most music lovers discovered the works of the great composers not by hearing them, but by playing them. These arrangements by Australian scholar Vi King Lim are patterned on the hugely popular chamber editions of Beethoven and Mozart symphonies by London-dwelling Italians Cimador and Masi, which graced the libraries of every music-loving household at the turn of the 19th century.

Neal Peres Da Costa performs on a meticulously crafted replica of an 1819 fortepiano by Conrad Graf – maker of one of Beethoven’s own pianos.

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo, Allegro scherzando

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo, Allegro

Neal Peres Da Costa Fortepiano
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Skye McIntosh artistic director