Slide ‘Can one narrate time –
time as such, in and of itself?’
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Slide Beethoven
3 & 4
Jacob Bogaart, piano
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Ernest Bour
, conductor
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Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Allegro con brio
Rondo. Allegro

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Allegro moderato
Andante con moto
Rondo. Vivace

Jacob Bogaart, piano
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Ernest Bour, conductor
Recorded June 1985
Release December 2020

Ernest Bour, conductor par excellence of 20th century music, guided his orchestras with indisputable conviction through the most difficult modern scores.But also the Baroque and the Viennese School were studied down to the smallest detail and stripped of routine practice and common misconceptions. Bour’s Beethoven sounds transparent, dynamic and light.‘Totally cleansed of caked – on romantic grease’, as critics wrote.

Together with pianist Jacob Bogaart the Urtext was studied as well as the manuscripts (if still available) and nearly everything that had been written about Beethoven, i.e. metronomic tempi, the original instrumentation, the function of the pedal, nowadays, and on a period grand piano.

Furthermore the performance practice in general and specifically with Beethoven as a soloist or conductor and, last but not least, the importance of the dialogue phrasing between piano and orchestra. The tempi then were – presumably – higher, especially because of the lighter mechanics of the instruments. Beethoven himself played fast and very expressively. 

All together a challenging quest that resulted in the synthesis of modern piano practice and that of nearly two centuries ago. 

...These Beethovens are of a timeless significance...Passionate and generous playing... ...this performance is simply REVEALING... [Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4]

Elger Niels in ‘De Nieuwe Muze’ / 2021

...An approach full of energy, lightness, architecture and transparency... ...One of the most interesting editions of the Beethoven year 2020...Fascinating!... [Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4]

Emanuel Overbeeke in ’Luister’ / 2021

..The lightness, the transparency, the flawless virtuosity is astonishing... Not one moment of false sentiment is to be found... [Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4]

Siebe Riedstra in ’Opus Klassiek‘ / 2021

...Enjoyed the brilliance and energy; excellent piano playing; beautiful slow movements... [Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4]

Jan Wijn / 2021

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