This most uplifting, inspiring of concertos is rich with virtuosic flourishes, the blending of brilliance with quiet, and Beethoven’s unique brand of wit. As soloist, pianist Stephen Hough brings “bracing clarity” and his “richly poetic” artistry to this masterwork (The New York Times).
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, Emperor (1809)
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo