Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3

Magazine article Gramophone

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3

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Beethoven

Piano Concerto No 3, Op 37 (a). Piano Sonatas--No

14, 'Moonlight', Op 27 No 2; No 32, Op 111

Fazil Say pf (a) Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda

Naive [F] V5347 (73' * DDD)

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Fazil Say, a pianist with a maverick reputation, now takes Beethoven by storm and the result, while unsettling for those who rejoice in more classic virtues, is challenging and arresting at many different levels. In the Third Concerto, his orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda are entirely in sympathy with their volatile soloist, and their stealthy start to the opening tutti and subsequent exhilarating sense of con brio tell you that this is going to be no ordinary performance. Say's first entry is boldly assertive and from then on he sweeps all before him with an assured virtuoso brilliance, a salty and invigorating alternative to more staid readings. His cadenza (it is surely by him, though the sleeve makes no mention of it) erupts in a blaze of fireworks before a curious, music-box end. …

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