Piano Concerto No. 2Beethoven (arr. Mahler)
Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)Vladimir Jurowski
conductorLeif Ove Andsnes
Decades after Beethoven’s death he was still the most important artist around. Brahms behaved like Beethoven was watching over his shoulder and created symphonies and symphony-like concertos in which the scale and declamation of Beethoven’s ‘Heroic’ Third Symphony could be readily detected. The second of Brahms’s Piano Concertos was the biggest since Beethoven’s Emperor
– a piece marked out by maturity and skill but itself displaying heroism, virtuosity and Romantic depth. Mahler acted purely on artistic conviction when he ‘re-touched’ Beethoven’s Symphony; instruments, concert halls and audiences had changed, and Mahler invested Beethoven’s minute detail with the strength – in 1890s Vienna – to enter everyone’s ears.
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Select a link below to listen to selected movements from this concert (Flash Player opens in a new window).Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major – IBrahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major – IIIYou may also like: CD: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 / Tennstedt
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