Ludwig Van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 5 in E flat major, op. 73, "Emperor Concerto"*, Sonata for Piano no. 24 in F sharp major, op. 78 ** Michal Masek--piano, ** Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic, Leos Svarovsky--conductor. Production: JOB MARKET, s.r.o. Text: Eng. Recorded: *Nov 2008, House of Cuhure, Teplice, **1999, Dvorak Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague. Released: 2008. TT: 44:54. DDD. 1 CD Arco Diva UP 0109-2131.

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When Michal Masek published his two Bach CDs at the end of the 1990s, it was clear that this eighteen-year-old musician would grow into one of our greatest piano hopes of recent years. Unfortunately Michal Masek was not to realise the other projects planned at the time--since for a long time health problems made it impossible for him to play the piano. But Michal Masek is not the kind or person to give up without a struggle. He battled with great determination for the chance to return to his instrument--and won! He attributes a good part of his recovery to acupuncture, but as he says himself, the real turning point came only when he found enough strength in himself to accept the idea that he might never play again. Masek's new CD gives the impression of symbolically linking the present with the time when his promising start was interrupted. …