Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven’s 5th Piano concert (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim
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Also listen to Barenboims version of Noctune op. 27 no 2 by Chopin: http://www.youtube.com//watch?v=7EcER…
The concerto is scored for a solo piano, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in B-flat (clarinet I playing clarinet in A in movement 2; flute II, oboe II, clarinet II, both trumpets, and timpani are tacet during this movement), two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani in E-flat and B-flat, and strings.
The concerto is divided into three movements:
- Allegro in E-flat major
- Adagio un poco mosso in B major
- Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo in E-flat major
As with Beethoven’s other concertos from this time period, this work has a relatively long first movement. (At twenty-five minutes, the Violin Concerto has the longest; Piano Concerto Nos. 4 and 5 each have opening movements of about twenty minutes.)
- In March 1927 Ignaz Friedman recorded the Emperor Concerto with the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra under Henry Wood but this recording no longer exists.
- Also in the 1920s, Wilhelm Backhaus recorded the 4th and 5th concertos very successfully. He would later record all five concertos with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt and Vienna Philharmonic in stereo.
- In the early 1930s Artur Schnabel recorded all five Beethoven concertos under Sir Malcolm Sargent and the London Symphony Orchestra.
- Edwin Fischer recorded it with Karl Böhm in 1939 and Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1951.
- Josef Hoffmann recorded it with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hans Lange on May 12, 1940.
- Arthur Rubinstein recorded it three times, with Josef Krips, Erich Leinsdorf, and Daniel Barenboim.
- Walter Gieseking and Artur Rother made a stereophonic tape recording in 1944, apparently the earliest surviving such recording, for German radio.
- Vladimir Horowitz recorded it in a 1952 live performance at Carnegie Hall with Fritz Reiner and the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
- Wilhelm Kempff recorded it with Paul van Kempen in 1953 and with Ferdinand Leitner in 1961.
- Rudolf Serkin recorded it four times: in 1941 with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic; in 1953 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra; in 1962 with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, and in 1981 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa.
- Bernstein recorded a live performance of the concerto in September 1989, shortly before his death, with Krystian Zimerman and the Vienna Philharmonic. The performance was filmed and released on DVD.
- Leon Fleisher recorded all the Beethoven piano concertos with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra from 1959 until 1961.
- Claudio Arrau recorded it four times: with Alceo Galliera in 1958, Bernard Haitink in 1964 and twice with Sir Colin Davis, first with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and later with the Staatskapelle Dresden.
- Glenn Gould recorded this concerto with Leopold Stokowski (the only recording the two ever made together) using somewhat non-traditional phrasings and tempi, as was typical of Gould’s interpretations.
- Maurizio Pollini recorded the five piano concertos twice for Deutsche Grammophon. First with Karl Böhm and the Vienna Philharmonic and later with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic.
- Alfred Brendel recorded all Beethoven’s piano concertos at least three times over his career.
- Paul Lewis recorded all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jiří Bělohlávek.
- Murray Perahia recorded all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Bernard Haitink, 1988.