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Beethhoven • Newman • Saxton • Piazzolla • Bach • Bergonzi • Brahms

                                    contributions weightier so            pianist sets things in motion the
                                    Fischer is sometimes almost as        orchestra otherwise sounds;
                                    important as Goode. Apart from        again, almost as if this were a
                                    the increasingly adventurous use      symphony and here it is the
                                    of piano and orchestra, this          soloist’s re-entry that sounds
                                    music is ever more alive with         nearly improvised.
                                    enterprising harmonic ventures            It is more than time to say
                                    both within each movement and         that recorded sound and
                                    between the movements.                orchestral balance are excellent
                                        In the first two concertos the    throughout and in the final
                                    opening tuttis are not really         Emperor Fischer gets much
Beethoven: The Complete             symphonic and it is rather, as        dramatic impact in the opening       Northern Lights
Piano Concertos Nos 1–5             Tovey said, as if the orchestra       tutti and later. This concerto’s     Music for String Quartet by
‘Emperor’                           were improvising. Matters change      warlike rhythms, orchestral          Robert Saxton, John Casken:
Richard Goode, piano -              in Concerto No.3, the culminat-       pomp and keyboard heroics give       String Quartet No 2 and Judith
Budapest Festival Orchestra         ion of Beethoven’s first style, and   it a ringing triumph which is        Weir: String Quartet
conducted by Ivan Fischer           we are aware of a broadening of       different from the earlier works     Kreutzer Quartet
Nonesuch 075597 9928 30             the composer’s ambitions. In          yet all five are very well served    Divine Art MSV 28507 [63:02]
167’ 17”                            each case the quick movements         by a pianist who fuses sensitivity
                                    receive very spirited perform-        with a commanding athleticism             he range of worthwhile

T   he increasing virtuosity of
    Beethoven’s writing for the
                                    ances from both Goode and
                                    Fischer. Concerto No.3 starts
                                                                          and a conductor who is aware
                                                                          of the music’s every nuance.
                                                                                                               T    issues on the Divine Art
                                                                                                               label continues to expand with
piano is matched in these works     almost like a symphony and the        MAX HARRISON                         this outstanding release of three
by his treatment of the orchestra   opening Allegro con brio gets an                                           relatively recent string quartets
and we can most enjoyably           interpretation that is fiery yet                                           by British composers. The most
observe both as this sequence       tempered by grace from soloist                                             important work here is that by
of performances unfolds. The        and orchestra equally. No.4 also                                           Robert Saxton, a remarkable
orchestra grows larger and its      is full of feeling and although the                                        score playing for around 30




                                    film scores as American Beauty        disappointed with this new           thin fare, let truth be told. One
                                    and Angels in America. His career     release. The music he has            could not imagine this being
                                    has garnered eight Oscar              composed for the just released       staged as a concert as it has
                                    nominations (in 1994 for two          film of the same name with Kate      too little depth or bite, and fails
                                    films), several Golden Globes         Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio       to reach 
								
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