Performance Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 8 PM

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 owes much to the great Classical tradition, but the solo part’s virtuosity and emotional depth place it in a different realm. This is pure Beethoven, especially in the song-like Largo and the Rondo laced with earthy humor. Beethoven didn’t name his Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” but it seems appropriate for this noble work. Muscular chords vie with an equally insistent orchestra in its opening movement, one of grandest concerto movements ever written.


  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Leif Ove Andsnes, Leader and Piano
  • Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano and Conductor


  • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"


Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Rondo - Allegro)
Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano | Mahler Chamber Orchestra

At a Glance

At first glance, the distance between Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto and his last, the “Emperor,” seems vast. The opening of the “Emperor” Concerto, in which piano and orchestra come crashing simultaneously out of the gate, sounds wildly innovative compared to the tidier, more classical First Concerto. Yet the “Emperor” is thoroughly grounded in 18th-century harmony and structures, and the First has an expansiveness and opportunity for virtuosic display that are ahead of its time. In both concertos, Leif Ove Andsnes plays and conducts from the piano, a practice dating back to Beethoven’s time.
This performance is part of Carnegie Classics, and Great Piano Concertos.