Beethoven: Piano Concerto #4 / Bezuidenhout
Label: harmonia mundi
Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado
In their own way Beethoven's five piano concertos each relate a part of their composer's life. In the previous volume of this complete recording, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Pablo Heras-Casado and the musicians of the Freiburger Barockorchester explored the beginning (Concerto No. 2) and the end of the story (the 'Emperor'). For Volume 2, they turn to the most personal of Beethoven's concertos. Even as the onset of total deafness threatened his career, his Fourth Piano Concerto shattered the conventions of the genre.