Beethoven / Gilels / Szell, 1968: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 ( Best musical shivers ever?)


Emil Gilels (1916-1985) is soloist in this 1968 recording of the Rondo from Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. George Szell (1897-1970) conducts the Cleveland Orchestra. I created this video with the LP shown above (LP label, 6:02, box cover, 18:33), one of five discs issued by Angel in 1968, serial number SE-3731. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, was composed in 1805–1806, although no autograph copy survives

The work is scored for solo piano and an orchestra consisting of a flute, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani, and strings. As is standard for classical concertos, it is in three movements:

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Andante con moto in E minor
  3. Rondo (Vivace)

It was premiered in March 1807 at a private concert of the home of Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. The Coriolan Overture and the Fourth Symphony were premiered in that same concert.[1] However, the public premiere was not until 22 December 1808 in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien. Beethoven again took the stage as soloist. This was part of a marathon concert which saw Beethoven’s last appearance as a soloist with orchestra, as well as the premieres of the Choral Fantasy and the Fifth and Sixth symphonies. Beethoven dedicated the concerto to his friend, student, and patron, the Archduke Rudolph.
A review in the May 1809 edition of the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung 

 states that “[this concerto] is the most admirable, singular, artistic and complex Beethoven concerto ever”.[2] However, after its first performance, the piece was neglected until 1836, when it was revived by Felix Mendelssohn. Today, the work is widely performed and recorded, and is considered to be one of the central works of the piano concerto literature.

If you enjoy Beethoven you may be interested in the following:

Beethoven / Emil Gilels, 1968: 6 Variations in D Major on a Turkish March (Ruins of Athens) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwedFs…

Emil Gilels / George Szell, 1968: Piano Concerto in C minor, Op. 37 (Rondo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeW79S…

Für Elise” – Wilhelm Kempff: 1964, Deutsche Grammophon :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DSjo…

Friedrich Gulda: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 (1) (Beethoven) – London, 1954: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RwDZs…

Emil Gilels / Эмиль Гилельс: Klaviersonate Nr. 4 Es-dur, Op. 7, Movement 1 (Beethoven) – 1983: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEfGQ1…

David Oistrakh: Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz4JEY…

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qurafB…

Wilhelm Backhaus: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 – London, 1950s, Karl Böhm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRSTwj…

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