Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58

By Osborne, Richard | Gramophone, September 2016 | Go to article overview

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58


Osborne, Richard, Gramophone


Beethoven

Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58 (a). Symphonies No 3, 'Eroica', Op 55 (b); No 7, Op 92 (c). Overture 'Coriolan', Op 62 (d) (a) Wilhelm Backhaus pf Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Hans Knappertsbusch Orfeo mono (B) (2) C901162B (139' * ADD) (acd) Recorded live at the Musikverein, Vienna, January 17,1954; (b) Broadcast performance, February 17,1962

Here is Beethoven, Viennese Beethoven, under a conductor who remained impervious to all fads and fashions, save those of the post-Wagnerian age in which he was raised. Thus the Eroica Symphony emerges as a slow-moving epic, a looming edifice seen through a glass darkly. Had Beethoven been privy to the events of the 20th century, Knappertsbusch seems to suggest, he wouldn't have thought civilisation much improved. Cause for rejoicing there was not.

The performance of the Eroica dates from 1962. The other three items chronicle a concert Knappertsbusch conducted in the Vienna Musikverein in January 1954. The Coriolan Overture has been moved to the start of disc 2, where it prefaces the Eroica: a suitable juxtaposition since, in Knappertsbusch's reading, it is a work of similar temper, the theatrical and philosophical elements held in the nicest possible balance.

It also means that disc 1 begins with the opening of the Fourth Piano Concerto, magically annunciated by Wilhelm Backhaus on one of his beloved Bosendorfers. Backhaus was one of the Fourth Concerto's finest exponents, though rarely written of as such on this side of the English Channel. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4, Op 58
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.