Beethoven's five concertos encompass several worlds from the very classical first one to the last that breaks away from the usual form of the genre to explore a modern vision. Three concertos between the two extremes delve into the links between a soloist and a romantic orchestra. To appreciate all the subtleties of this relationship, there's nothing like a complete version in two concerts and a pianist/conductor like François-Frédéric Guy: he lives and breathes this music with disconcerting ease and conducts from the piano.
Pre-performance talk : "What kind of pianist was Beethoven ?" by Corinne Schneider, musicologist
Photo : François-Frédéric Guy et Sinfonia Varsovia ©Marc Ginot