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BEETHOVEN250 Beethoven Piano  Concertos Nos. 2, 3, & 4

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Conductors
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Rudolf Buchbinder

Conductor and Piano

San Francisco Symphony

program

Piano Concerto No. 2

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 4

Beethoven
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Piano Concerto No. 3

Beethoven

performances

Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Event Description

This unique all-concerto program opens with the Second, memorable for many for its boisterous rondo movement that Beethoven wrote in just a few days before the work’s premiere in 1795. The Fourth follows, beloved for being equal parts poetic and utterly radical. The piano begins alone and embarks on a remarkably understated journey, unlike any other concerto by Beethoven. The work’s famous second movement has sparked centuries of debate as to its connection to Greek mythology: Some suggest the music depicts Orpheus taming the wild beasts with his music. The program concludes with Beethoven’s Third piano concerto, known not only for its dramatic opening movement, lyrical and reverential second, and jubilant finale, but for its inclusion of a high C—a note so high in the stratosphere that many pianos of the time did not have the key at all. From this moment on, piano makers were obliged to permanently extend the range of the keyboard!