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Two in one

concert number 24


François-Frédéric Guy piano, conductor
Sinfonia Varsovia


Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15

I. Allegro con brio

II. Largo
III. Rondo: Allegro

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19

I. Allegro con brio

II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Molto allegro

Concert description


The prominent French pianist François-Frédéric Guy recorded a complete cycle of five piano concertos with Sinfonia Varsovia in 2019 in preparation for Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Today, you will hear the live performance of Beethoven’s first two concertos. The concert’s humorous title doesn’t just refer to the opportunity to listen to two pieces at a single… concert, which is not so common. Both concertos were published in the same year, 1801, two in one, but in reverse order of writing. So, the Second is actually the First, and vice versa. Both pieces were probably premiered by the young virtuoso on 29 March 1795 at the Burgtheater and became his pass to the Viennese music scene. Two in one…