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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Freddy Kempf

Beethoven: The Piano Concertos I

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

Performers

Freddy Kempf
piano

Freddy Kempf embarks on an epic exploration of Beethoven’s magnificent Piano Concertos, starting with this concert and continued in May. Directing from the piano, Kempf begins his odyssey with the noble Concerto No. 1, with its exquisite slow movement and vivacious rondo finale, first performed by Beethoven himself in 1798 in Prague.

The dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 was written about a decade before No.1, but was published later; the work was used by Beethoven to display his own impressive pianistic technique.

The Third Concerto was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, himself a composer, and features a slow movement of tranquil beauty, offset by the finale’s memorable, lively theme.

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‘This was one of the most wholly delightful, stimulating and satisfying concerts that I have had the good fortune to attend for quite some time.’

Glyn Pursglove, Seen and Heard International.

‘Details of phrasing were articulated with such character and spontaneity as to be vibrantly alive.’

Rian Evans, The Guardian

(Reviews are of the same programme performed at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff on 7 October 2011)

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