Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5 (emperor); Symphony No 5

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COMPOSERS: Beethoven
LABELS: CASAVELLE
WORKS: Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor); Symphony No. 5
PERFORMER: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/ Ernest Ansermet
CATALOGUE NO: VEL 3126

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It is also invaluable to hear Rudolf Serkin in Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, even if his rhetoric at the piano occasionally sounds more pedantic than commanding. It is partnered by a persuasive performance of the Fifth Symphony from the same concert that, after a mushy opening, is fleet-footed, balancing drive and charm. Christopher Dingle