Sofia Gubaidulina, composer

Sofia Gubaidulina, composer
Sofia Gubaidulina

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major – Arthur Jussen, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Frans Brüggen

Arthur Jussen

The Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19, by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed primarily between 1787 and 1789, although it did not attain the form it was published as until 1795. Beethoven did write another finale for it in 1798 for performance in Prague, but that is not the finale that it was published with. It was used by the composer as a vehicle for his own performances as a young virtuoso, initially intended with the Bonn Hofkapelle. It was published in 1801, by which time he had also published the Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, although it had been composed after this work, in 1796 and 1797.

The B flat major Piano Concerto became an important display piece for the young Beethoven as he sought to establish himself after moving from Bonn to Vienna. He was the soloist at its premiere on 29 March 1795, at Vienna's Burgtheater in a concert marking his public debut. Prior to that, he had performed only in the private salons of the Viennese nobility. While the work as a whole is very much in the concerto style of Mozart, there is a sense of drama and contrast that would be present in many of Beethoven's later works. Beethoven himself apparently did not rate this work particularly highly, remarking to the publisher Franz Anton Hoffmeister that, along with the Piano Concerto No.1, it was "not one of my best". The version that he premiered in 1795 is the version that is performed and recorded today.


Ο Arthur, ο ένας από τους δύο νεαρούς Ολλανδούς αδελφούς και ταλαντούχους πιανίστες Jussen, ερμηνεύει το Κοντσέρτο για πιάνο αρ.2 σε Σι ύφεση μείζονα, έργο 19, του Λούντβιχ βαν Μπετόβεν. Την Ορχήστρα Radio Kamer Filharmonie διευθύνει ο σπουδαίος Ολλανδός μαέστρος Frans Brüggen (1934-2014). Το έργο περιέχει σαφείς αναφορές στο στυλ γραφής των Χάυντν και Μότσαρτ, εντοπίζονται ωστόσο σε αυτό στοιχεία χαρακτηριστικά της μουσικής προσωπικότητας του Μπετόβεν, όπως για παράδειγμα οι αιφνίδιες μεταβολές στην αρμονία και οι αντιθέσεις. Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι η πρώτη παρουσίαση του έργου στο Burgtheater της Βιένης τον Μάρτιο του 1795 από τον Μπετόβεν, ο οποίος μέχρι τότε εμφανιζόταν σε ιδιωτικά σαλόνια της Αυστρίας, σηματοδότησε τις δημόσιες εμφανίσεις του ως πιανίστα.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

♪ Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19 (1787-1789, 1795)

i. Allegro con brio
ii. Adagio
iii. Rondo. Molto allegro

Arthur Jussen, piano

Radio Kamer Filharmonie
Conductor: Frans Brüggen

Concertgebouw, September 23, 2012

(HD 720p)

First publication: August 22, 2014 / Πρώτη δημοσίευση: 22 Αυγούστου 2014
Last update: December 17, 2016 / Τελευταία ενημέρωση: 17 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

Frans Brüggen

See also

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.7 in F major – Arthur and Lucas Jussen, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Markus Stenz (HD 1080p)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 80 – Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.5 in D – Radio Kamer Filharmonie (The farewell concert), Frans Brüggen

Frédéric Chopin: Rondo à la krakowiak in F major – Nelson Goerner, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen

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