Performing Beethoven – what it feels like to embody a master on today’s stage

Scott Davie, Australian National University In a series marking the 250th year of his birth, we analyse the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven. When Beethoven died in 1827, thousands of pages of highly notated music were bequeathed to posterity. Yet unlike arts such as painting and sculpture, which communicate directly from the artist to the […]

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Friedrich Gulda)

Austrian pianist and composer Friedrich Gulda performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the Emperor Concerto. Gulda also conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recording from the Munich Piano Summer Festival, 1989.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” (Stephen Hough, New York Philharmonic)

Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, the British-born classical pianist Stephen Hough performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”. Conductor: Alan Gilbert. Originally streamed live to Facebook on January 14, 2017, published by the New York Philharmonic channel.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Hélène Grimaud)

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), French classical pianist Hélène Grimaud performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”. Conductor: Paavo Järvi. Recorded at Suntory Hallin Tokyo, Japan in June 2008.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3 (Brendel, Abbado)

Accompanied by the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Austrian pianist, poet and author Alfred Brendel performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37. Conductor: Claudio Abbado, one of the most celebrated and respected conductors of the 20th century.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Pierre-Laurent Aimard)

Accompanied by the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), French classical pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor Concerto”. Conductor: David Afkham. Recorded at Alte Oper Frankfurt on 3 February 2017. Published by the hr-Sinfonieorchester channel.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 (Khatia Buniatishvili)

Accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgian classical pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15. Conductor: Zubin Mehta. Recorded in July 2015.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Glenn Gould) (1970)

Accompanied by Toronto Symphony Orchestra, one of the best-known and most celebrated classical pianists, Glenn Gould performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor”. Conductor: Karel Ančerl.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli)

Considered one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century, the Italian classical pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (5 January 1920 – 12 June 1995) performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, popularly known as the “Emperor”. Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Wiener Symphoniker) conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini (9 May 1914 […]

Beethoven – All Piano Concertos (1-5) – Murray Perahia

Accompanied by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the American concert pianist and conductor Murray Perahia performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s all piano concertos (1-5). Conductor: Neville Marriner.