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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Beethoven Piano Concertos (Part Two)

Beethoven's Concerto No. 2 in B flat major for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 19 was composed between 1787 and 1789, but the final form was not published until 1795.  Beethoven was the performer at it's premier in Vienna on March 29, 1795 at the Burgtheater.

In this performance, Gabrielus Alekna plays with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jouzas Domarkas at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society in Vilnius sometime in March, 2010.  Alekna was a prizewinner at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 2005.  The video above is the first movement: Allegro con brio.  The following two videos contain movement II: Adagio and movement III: Rondo: Molto allegro respectively.  Mr. Alekna posted these videos on YouTube himself apparently.  I would have to say that he got it right in not dividing the movements into sections with the unavoidable interruption you get.  This makes for a nice listen of the entire performance.  I hope you enjoy.

Burgtheater, Vienna, Austria
For more information on this concerto go here and here.

For a complete score for free go here.

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