Everyone knows that Beethoven wrote five piano concertos. Okay, not everyone. But if you are a Ludwig Von Beethoven junkie, you know that. Well, and everyone is wrong, kind of. Though officially Beethoven wrote five piano concertos, he attempted to write a sixth but didn’t finish it – he abandoned it around 1815 (12 years before his death). Here is one performance of this unfinished concerto.
But it is not the 6th concerto that piques my interest and that I’d like to share with you today, it is the 7th – Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, which the composer transcribed to piano. (I am sure I am driving Beethoven purists insane at this point.) But Beethoven did not just rewrite the score for another solo instrument, oh no, he wrote brand new cadenzas (solo virtuoso parts). So I, the music non-authority, choose to call this concerto his 7th (record labels call it number 6).
Though I love Violin Concerto in D major (which you can listen to here), this piano concerto has its own special tenderness.