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Beethoven Symphonies, Vol. 5

Beethoven Symphonies, Vol. 5

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SOMM Recordings proudly announces this fifth and penultimate release in the complete cycle of the Beethoven Symphonies arranged for piano four-hands by the great Polish-German composer and pianist Xaver Scharwenka. This is a series that has consistently had listeners “waiting impatiently for the next volume” (MusicWeb International). Of the many piano-duo versions of the Symphonies, Scharwenka’s benefit from an unbroken link back to Beethoven himself, for the arranger was a piano student of Franz Kullak, who in turn studied under the master symphonist’s pupil Carl Czerny. The present Volume 5 adds Symphonies 4 & 8 to the collection, coupled with Ferruccio Busoni’s two-piano transcription of Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture BV B 93, leaving only Beethoven’s “Choral” Ninth still to be released on the series’ concluding installment. The performers undertaking this monumental recording project, the “phenomenal” piano duo of Tessa Uys & Ben Schoeman (“In Tune”, BBC Radio 3), have performed all nine symphony arrangements in public for almost a decade, breeding a familiarity that informs the impeccable ensemble and authoritative vision they bring to the recordings.

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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 1
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    • Label: SOMM
    • UPC/Barcode: 748871068728
    • Item Number: SOMMCD 0687