A new disc for the fans of Dénes Várjon or Beethoven…

‘His spacious, lyrical account of the Fourth Concerto is a constant pleasure’

These generally fine performances get off to a slightly shaky start: in the opening movement of the First Concerto András Keller fails to draw any genuine fortissimo playing out of the orchestra, and the sforzando accents that are such an essential feature of the music’s character are likewise underplayed. As a result the piece is rather short on drama. However, there are compensations – notably Dénes Várjon’s splendid account of the long, weird and wonderful cadenza which Beethoven added many years after the event – and the remaining movements are altogether more satisfying.

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