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Beethoven: Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" (plus a second version for solo piano, arr. Katsaris) / Cyprien Katsaris, piano; Marriner

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD sees Cyprien Katsaris and Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields united in a performance of Beethoven's Concerto No. 5, Op. 73. The title "Emperor" is suggestive of a powerful counter-offensive impulsion on the part of Beethoven - the composer was living in Vienna - in reaction to the depredations of the Napoleonic hordes. He actually started composing it in 1809, just at the time that Austria was preparing to wage war on Napoleon, which does much to explain the military tone of the Concerto. Familiar from a very young age with a vinyl recording of the "Emperor" Concerto by Vladimir Horowitz with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner, Cyprien Katsaris had always felt a degree of frustration regarding the orchestral passage. He was appalled not to find them in the piano score, hence his determination, at 55 years of age, to produce this transcription.


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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/05/2014/04/06/2014)
  • Running Time: 74 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809