An air of liberty rushes through Beethoven's piano concertos! The scores that the composer himself performed on a piano to the public are packed with effects that foil the audience's expectations. Like an alpha and omega, the first and last ones are unrivalled masterpieces that transcend the genre. A contemporary of Symphony No.5, The Emperor Concerto is very rarely conducted from the piano: proof that François-Frédéric Guy has become a real conductor.
Pre-concert talk : "Conducting from the piano" by Christian Merlin, musicologist
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