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GRIMAUD PLAYS BEETHOVEN
concerto no. 5
(in rehearsal - excerpt from
Adagio -
2nd movement)



GRIMAUD on BEETHOVEN


  - Track 1
Excerpt from the 1st movement
(Allegro)

- Track 3

Excerpt from the 3rd movement

(Rondo)

Sonata no. 28:

  - Track 4
Excerpt from the 1st movement

(Allegretto, ma non troppo)

- Track 7

Excerpt from the 4th movement

(Allegro )

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"The piano concerto is like a beast, for whom one has incredible respect."
MUSIC AND WOLVES       BEETHOVEN concerto no. 5      on BEETHOVEN        DISCOGRAPHY        CALENDAR


                           BEETHOVEN
                  concerto no. 5  "emperor"
          a video excerpt from the 2nd movement
                          "adagio un poco mosso"
 
                   Staastskapelle Dresden
                  Vladimir Jurowski, cond.

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR AUDIO EXCERPTS:
from Piano Concerto no. 5


- Track 1
Excerpt from the 1st movement

(Allegro)

- Track 3

Excerpt from the 3rd movement

(Rondo)

from Piano Sonata no. 28

  - Track 4
Excerpt from the 1st movement

(Allegretto, ma non troppo)

- Track 7

Excerpt from the 4th movement

(Allegro )

The fascinating HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD brings her contemporary sensibilities to Beethoven's majestically towering work that effectively pays homage to the battle-weary heroism of the early 19th century.   Although the grandeur of his fifth and last piano concerto evokes the image of an "Emperor" of Napoleonic dimensions, Beethoven never gave the work that title (just as he never named two of his most famous piano sonatas "Moonlight" or "Apassionata"), and certainly could not have associated it with Napoleon. The concerto was completed in 1809 during the Napoleonic occupation of Vienna, years after Beethoven's admiration of Napoleon (to whom he first dedicated his third symphony, "Eroica") had turned to bitter disillusion at the erstwhile republican's metamorphosis into imperious dynast.  It is interesting to note that the score published in 1811 was dedicated to the Emperor Rudolph, Archduke of Austria, and therefore whoever was responsible for the sobriquet in fact had a basis for doing so.

But so much for placing the work in its historical context of "blood, sweat and tears", of cannonades and galloping war horses so evident in the first movement. To Grimaud, Beethoven and his music transcend time.  Thus, the sobriquet is apt even today - the grand music of the "Emperor" communicates in a most powerful and beautifully direct way Beethoven's hard-won triumphs over the battles of his life; and Grimaud's carefully thought-out yet intuitive and pianistically sensitive interpretation extrapolates this personal battleground to our own chaotic time, to a world that strains comprehension, "in which confusion exceeds our grasp of its overriding complexities."  To the degree that we can overcome these in our own way, we each become our own "emperor", just as Beethoven became one by composing the most beautiful music in his attempt to "repair the fissures and flaws" of his own existence.




CLICK HERE to hear Hélène Grimaud's own take on Beethoven and the "Emperor" concerto.


The album "Hélène Grimaud - BEETHOVEN (concerto no. 5 "emperor" / piano sonata no. 28) was a FanFaire - Deutsche Grammophon CD Giveaway.


* In 2005, Ms. Grimaud wrote another book Leçons Particulières an English translation of which is not yet available.

Credit - images: copyright Mat Hennek - courtesy and with permission of Deutsche Grammophon.




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