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BEETHOVEN250 Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5

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Conductors
& Performers

Rudolf Buchbinder

Conductor and Piano

San Francisco Symphony

program

Piano Concerto No. 1

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

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

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

performances

Davies Symphony Hall

Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 8:00PM

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Davies Symphony Hall

Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 2:00PM

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Event Description

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all San Francisco Symphony concerts through December 31, 2020. We look forward to returning stronger and more vibrant than ever and sharing live music with you again soon.

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Only 14 years separate Beethoven’s first and last piano concertos. In those years, his music and his surroundings went through radical transformations. He wrote his first piano concerto during a period of relative calm. The music nods toward two of his heroes, Haydn and Mozart, and is infectiously upbeat and optimistic. Fourteen years later, the Napoleonic Wars were tearing through Europe, and Beethoven was struggling with the devastation of his hearing loss. Despite this—or perhaps because of it—the fifth piano concerto is a testament to resilience, with music that is uplifting and heroic. The piano tears through virtuosic runs and dramatic twists and turns that were groundbreaking when Beethoven wrote them, and still thrilling today. Conductor and soloist Rudolf Buchbinder joins the San Francisco Symphony for this journey through the tumult of Beethoven’s life and music.