Lovemyguitar wrote:That is a very enjoyable recording, but do be aware that most of the pieces are very much arranged, sounding quite a lot like the music of the arrangers (rather than like the music of Beethoven!). I am not knocking it -- it is a very lovely CD, played beautifully by Elias and his cohorts -- but it is only the merest of glimpses of the great composer!
Hopefully you will be encouraged to seek out some of Beethoven's other works in their original forms, and I would highly recommend almost any of his chamber music (piano sonatas, violin sonatas, piano trios, string quartets, etc.), as that is where much of his most sublime music can be found (although, if symphonies and concerti are your thing -- by all means, try those, too). Enjoy -- Beethoven's music is an exciting and intoxicating place to be (I visit there often!).
Thanks for advice! I will now also need to hear some non-arranged Beethoven originals. Right now I'm listening to Diabelli variations, played by Andreas Staier on a fortepiano. I'm not a huge fan of symphonies, but I will definitely go and listen to the main solo piano and chamber works of Beethoven.