Beethoven From Piano Concerto No. 5
Beethoven’s last piano concerto is charged with contrasts and pathos.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 4 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 5.
It was as if pianist Ludwig van Beethoven had his breakthrough after arriving in Vienna in 1792. Audiences were amazed by his technique and improvisational skills. The piano was also his experimental workshop, and he tested and presented ideas not just in works for piano, but in all genres.
The 32 piano sonatas and five piano concertos are central among Beethoven’s works for piano. He composed the Emperor Concerto in Vienna in 1809, the year in which, for the second time, Napoleon pursued the fleeing Archduke Rudolf of Austria. The title, which Beethoven did not come up with himself, is said to refer to the majestic first movement.
This excerpt of music is from episode 5 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Ludwig van Beethovern From First Movement Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major ”Emperor” op 73
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg conductor
Stefan Lindgren piano