Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with Sir András Schiff

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with Sir András Schiff

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Sir András Schiff performs Beethoven’s dark and tempestuous Piano Concerto No. 3.

Six months before he premiered the Concerto, on 5 April 1803, Beethoven had suffered a terrible crisis as he faced up to the reality of his hearing loss. The work’s key, C minor, is one that he associated with struggle and fate throughout his life; he uses also it for the ‘Pathétique’ Sonata and the last Sonata (No. 32, Op. 111), and most famously the Fifth Symphony.

Filmed in black and white, this concert is a beautiful showcase of craftsmanship and musicality. Schiff’s attention to the detail of Beethoven’s work is vividly illustrated here – for example in the slow movement where he says “Beethoven provides some extraordinary pedal markings, which very few performers actually follow!” – as he plays a recreation of a historic 1822 Graf fortepiano. He is joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a captivating, historically informed, performance.

This concert was filmed on 8 June 2022 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Cast & Crew

Sir András Schiff (Soloist & Director), Kati Debretzeni (Leader), (Director), Kati Debretzeni (Violin 1), Matthew Truscott (Violin 1), Rodolfo Richter (Violin 1), Margaret Faultless (Violin 2), Huw Daniel (Violin 2), Iona Davies (Violin 2), Max Mandel (Viola), Martin Kelly (Viola), Annette Isserlis (Viola), Andrew Skidmore (Cello), Catherine Rimer (Cello), Christine Sticher (Bass), Lisa Beznosiuk (Flute), Daniel Bates (Oboe), Katherine Spencer (Clarinet), Jane Gower (Bassoon), Roger Montgomery (Horn), David Blackadder (Trumpet), Adrian Bending (Timpani), (Orchestra), (Composer)

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