L.v.Beethoven, Piano Concerto no.4, Symphony no.2 (chamber versions),
The playing is impeccable with Robert Levin, a period performance specialist, on a Hammerflügel and the first chairs of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique backing him up. (Robert Levin was also the soloist for the rightly acclaimed Gardiner/ORR survey of Beethoven's complete piano concertos.) This is joyous chamber music that sounds eerily familiar, and it adds both to the smaller, more intimate genre as well as to one's understanding and appreciation of the larger works that stood model for them. These are not the makeshift transcriptions that were common in times when larger works could hardly be heard by a wider public, and they sure deserve a listen.