Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 – Boris Giltburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

February 24, 2023, 9:00 am

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This album is the culmination of Boris Giltburg’s Beethoven piano concertos cycle. For 19th-century audiences, Concerto No. 3 was the most loved of all his piano concertos, a work in which the balancing of high drama, tenderness, lyricism, and humor is most pronounced. Piano Concerto No. 4 is the most introspective and poetic of the concertos. The simplicity of its opening piano statement gives way to an unprecedented dialogue in the central movement between a heartfelt piano and an austere unison string orchestra, before the infectious energy of the dramatic finale.