Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19
Ludwig van Beethoven


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Its first appearance since 2003.

Beethoven wrote this concerto between 1787 and 1789, as a vehicle for his own virtuosic performances — and, indeed, he was the soloist at the work's premiere in 1795. Just like the two piano concertos that come before, the Third begins with a lengthy orchestral introduction before the piano enters, grabbing listeners' attention with a new musical theme. It's scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings, and makes use of Beethoven's characteristic playful nature as well as his serene slow-movement melodies.

The Old Burgtheater by Gustav Klimt (1888). It was at the Burgtheater in Vienna that Beethoven premiered his Piano Concerto No.2 in 1795, playing as the soloist himself.