Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Concerto Number 3 in C minor

I’ve chosen to write about Beethoven’s Piano Concerto Number 3 today. I probably heard it sometime during my junior year of college in 1975 or 1976. The first movement quotes a theme from Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number 24, which Beethoven, who was a gifted pianist used to perform.

This concerto starts with a very long orchestral prelude before the piano comes in. Writers have noted that this creates an imbalance which the pianist has to overcome by pitting the instrument against the orchestra. And this marks the beginning of the great Romantic style of concertos, where the featured instrument plays against the orchestra. The second movement is a lovely meditative largo, in which the piano and orchestra create a dream-like reverie, full of beauty and harmony. The last movement is a fast rondo, which like many pieces of the late classical period was associated as having a Turkish or oriental flavor to it. Though at times sounding a bit moody or seething, the overall feeling of the last movement is quite upbeat and it dances along interrupted by fluid runs and solos by the piano to a dazzling and pyrotechnic conclusion.

Download MP3s or Buy CD of Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4



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