Piano Concerto No. 4 in in G major, Op. 58

🎼🎶 Friday, March 12, 2021

Beethoven's fourth piano concerto is unique in that it opens not with a grandiose orchestral introduction, but with a serene statement of the ideas by the piano soloist.

Following its public premiere in December 1808 - part of a marathon concert which also featured the 5th and 6th Symphonies, the Choral Fantasy, and three movements from the Mass in C - the concerto languished until 1836, when it was revived by Felix Mendelssohn.

On November 3, 1838, Robert Schumann wrote, “Today Mendelssohn played the G‑Major Concerto of Beethoven with a power and polish that it transported us all. I took a pleasure in it such as I have never before enjoyed, and I sat in my seat without moving a muscle or even breathing.”

Today's performance is by Mitsuko Uchida, with Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. https://youtu.be/YcskDJ-M9Rs

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 - Mitsuko Uchida
L. V. Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 - Mitsuko Uchida

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  • John Scialdone
    published this page in Daily Beethoven 2021-03-12 08:28:02 -0500

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