Ikuyo Nakamichi, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Paavo Jarvi - Beethoven Piano Concertos 5 Emperor & 3 - 2005 (SACD-R, ISO)

Ikuyo Nakamichi, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Paavo Jarvi – Beethoven Piano Concertos 5 Emperor & 3 – 2005 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Ikuyo Nakamichi – piano
Orchestra: Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen
Conductor: Paavo Jarvi
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0; 2.0
Label: RCA Red Seal / BMG
Size: 3.61 GB
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Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concertos 5 “Emperor” & 3

Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”

01. I. Allegro
02. II. Adagio un poco moto
03. III. Rondo: Allegro

Piano Concerto No.3

04. I. Allegro con brio
05. II. Largo
06. III. Rondo: Allegro
01. “Emperor” I. Allegro
02. “Emperor” II. Adagio un poco moto
03. “Emperor” III. Rondo: Allegro
04. I. Allegro con brio
05. II. Largo
06. III. Rondo: Allegro

SA-CD.net reviews:

by Daland November 4, 2005:

A 1st-class recording that fills a gap in the SACD repertoire. There appears to be an excellent rapport between soloist, conductor & orchestra. The Japanese pianist, Ikuyo Nakamichi, looks rather delicate on the cover photo, but her approach is bold & imaginative. She offers the right combination of bravura & finesse. The poetic qualities of her playing are very much apparent in the slow movements where the interplay between soloist & orchestra is magnificent.
I have rarely heard a recording with such an impressive soundstage. The piano sound is very natural & so is the orchestral accompaniment. My only caveat is that the strings are a bit undernourished, but after all this is a chamber orchestra. I hope that Beethoven’s remaining piano concertos will follow in due course.
I have listened only to the Mch version.

by darkroommd March 13, 2009:

What a hidden gem! This album has been on my wish-list for at least 2 years, & finally laid down $45 USD to Amazon.co.uk to have it imported, as I was tired of waiting for a new American release of the Emperor concerto.

Thoughts: I am in complete agreement with the prior reviewer. The sound of this Steinway is captured magnificently, with uncanny detail & a lifelike sparkling quality rarely heard on other recordings. The piano is relatively forward with respect to the orchestra & has a notably “large” sound, especially on the background of the “smaller” sound provided by this chamber orchestra.

The Deutche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is a chamber orchestra, of course, & they play & sound like one. For those looking for the lush string sound of, say, the Berlin Philharmonic, THIS IS NOT IT. The orchestra here has a “small” thin sound which affords tremendous transparency, dynamic musicality & sharp accents (apropos for Beethoven). I do not mean to imply that the orchestra is covered up by the big Steinway; in fact, the balance is ideal.

Regarding the interpretation, I also agree with the previous review. Nakamichi & Jarvi are clearly in lockstep here. This is an unidiomatic but altogether pleasing reading, at turns powerful & at turns tender.

Stereo & Mch layers are equally outstanding. Cannot comment on the RBCD layer.

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