Beethoven was already up to his third piano concerto when his first symphony was premiered. He was first a piano virtuoso, writing music for himself to play. And the Third Concerto fits the bill perfectly: brilliant, elegant and audience-pleasing. Our soloist is Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind from birth, who caused a sensation in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition and has acquired a devoted following in his native Japan.
The Pastoral presents Beethoven as a ‘poet in sound’ offering musical impressions of an afternoon in the countryside outside Vienna. Joyful impressions, a rippling brook, birds, peasants dancing, the fury of a storm and relief at its passing… It’s all there in this radiant music.
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