"Nearly two centuries after the composer's passing, the public is able to hear what was formerly the domain of scholars and specialists. In assembling the fragments of what totaled 200 bars of usable music, none of which were longer than 30 bars, Cooper has produced a convincing and moving work. My only criticism is that the extreme contrast between the central Allegro section and the bracketing Andante parts may have been intended as two separate movements. A slow introductory movement followed by a faster and more energetic one corresponds to other late Beethoven, such as the 9th Symphony and 14th String Quartet. The decision to combine them and repeat the Andante may have been necessitated by the extremely limited amount of material available. As a unified piece, rather than the first movement of, at least to date, a nonexistent complete work, Cooper's arrangement is entirely successful.
The interested listener may wish to look up the site "The Unheard Beethoven," in which many of the composer's hitherto unpublished work may be heard."
BEETHOVEN CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO AND PIANO AND 1ST. MOVE
Pedro Andres Tesone | 07/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is a good combination of known and unknown Beethoven works: the Concerto for Violin, Piano an Cello is a superb recording equal to all I have heard before. I was really moved by listening to the "remake" of the first movement of the 10th Symphony: I have never thought that I would ever listen to even a little fragment of the lost 10th. The rendition has a very high level of respect and understanding of Beethoven's ideas. I am very pleased of having purchased such a jewel. Prof. Pedro A. Tesone, M.D., Ph.D. Buenos Aires University School of Medicine"
Nice CD, about the 10 symphony :
Nicolas | Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When you hear the "reconstruction" of the 10 symphony, you will notice that its made with 2 major sections, the first one will remind you a lot to the "pathetic" piano sonata.Also the main theme seems more than a variation of another basic them, than a theme itself.Also its very obvius that the arranger had most of the work, because seems more a basic Beethoven.But the second section is the one to remark.This one must be the section that Beethoven already finished, because the sound its more developed and seems a more elaborated work than the first section. To finnish the movement, the arranger just repited the first section, and made a variation of the first theme, but it seems more the variation of a child than a serious composer.Its obvius that he is a history reseach than a composer.
I gave the whole cd a 5 because the concerto in C it absolutely beautifull.And the reconstruction is an 7 over 10, but this is a must have just to hear the second section of the reconstruction. "
Beethoven: old and new
R. Tancredi | Farmingdale, NY | 04/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Triple Concerto is a beautiful masterpiece and this rendition and recording is quite stunning. The 10th Symphony, though less well-known and perhaps less a masterpiece, is also quite appealing. Any Beethoven fan would be happy to own this CD."