The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
Label: Sony Classical
This pianist doesn't worry about goosing the profundity or poetry in these pieces -- a good thing. Played properly, the music takes care of that stuff all on its own. What Andsnes and the chamber ensemble (which the pianist also conducts) take care of is speed and power. Though the respective largos in each concerto are both lent an appropriate grandeur, it's the outer movements where these players shine -- offering blinding tempos without sacrificing clarity. It's all enough to justify the somewhat haughty title of this "Beethoven Project." Time for Andsnes to bring on the other concertos.