18 Feb 2016

Beethoven's Piano Concertos

From Appointment, 4:00 pm on 18 February 2016

Indra Hughes vWhen Beethoven was 22 he moved to Vienna where there was an abundance of virtuoso pianists. With his own ability on the instrument to add to the talent pool, the piano concerto was a genre of music that then flourished there.

In April 2015 pianist Freddy Kempf and the NZSO presented Beethoven’s five Piano Concertos on a tour of New Zealand.

Indra Hughes (pictured) presents an overview of the complete cycle, from the standard compositional elements Beethoven inherited from Mozart and Haydn to his revolutionary development of these elements over the course of the five concertos.

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