Saturday, 28 January 2012

My Sunday Concert

 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

 Daniel Barenboim
and the Staatskapelle Berlin
 2007 at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, Germany

 Allegro in E-flat major - 1/1

 Allegro in E-flat major - 1/2

Adagio un poco mosso in B major

Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo in E-flat major

The Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73  by Ludwig van Beethoven,
popularly known as the Emperor Concerto, was his last piano concerto.
It was written between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna,
while Vienna was bombarded then occupied by the French,
and was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven's patron and pupil.
The first performance took place on 28 November 1811 
at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the soloist being Friedrich Schneider.
In 1812, Carl Czerny, another student of Beethoven's, gave the Vienna debut of this work.

 This piano concerto is one of my favorites - so uplifting and at the same time calming.
Performed by numerous well known and famous pianists over decades.
So far I liked it most when played by Russian pianist   Emil Gilels   
But Daniel Barenboim plays the piano like Emil Gilels,
neither 'academic' nor 'intellectual'  - just simply deeply out of the heart and soul.
I like to imagine that is the way that Beethoven played it himself.

Although, because of the life-recording the sound is not all that perfect,
this performance is so full of joy.
Watching Barenboim playing the piano while conducting the orchestra
and seeing a lot of the musicians in close-up  -  simply very entertaining.

Hope that you enjoy 'My Sunday Concert' as well.

Best wishes for a lovely Sunday and a good start to the week!


With thanks to movie director  Andreas Morell
 and to BoschPianoMusic at youtube

Beethoven's portrait by Joseph Carl Stieler in 1819-20

Beethovens piano concertos 1-5
with Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin
available as DVD at Amazon   here


  1. Just when I thought today could not get better, we returned home and I opened this post. I am in my element. This is just beautiful to cap off our evening.
    Thank you for this kind and beautiful gift


  2. Musik und Interpret - Interpret und Musik
    ein Gedicht!


    ♥ Franka

  3. I love classic music so thank you for this concert I'll have to put one on and fix some breakfast. Enjoy your Sunday too Karin and I hope everyone in the family is feeling better.


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  5. I accidentally hit "delete" sorry. My comment was...

    Karin, thank you so much for the Sunday Concert. It was the first music I listened to today. Beautiful!
    I hope you and your husband and Oskar are all feeling better and will enjoy a wonderful week.

    I'm going back to listen to more music. Thank you so very much.

  6. Karin, absolutely beautiful....I have it playing while I type! The BoschPianoMusic channel is one of my favourites; did you look at The Great Piano Scam? Incredulous!

    Another lovely post, thank you!


  7. Thank you, Karin - I have so enjoyed listening to these!
    Karen x

  8. Dear Karin,
    Your 'concert' is beautiful. I come from a musical dad played saxaphone and clarinet and my mum was a singer. Our son studied music and German at University and now works in the music industry. I have very diverse music tastes, from classical to rock and even heavy metal ( that is the legacy of having music played in our home as children and then or own home and our own children playing music day and night !!)
    ...and, many thanks for your kind birthday are a lovely blogging friend. XXXX