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40.  Beethoven: 3rd Piano Concerto


[…] he came out for the team;
Ludwig V. Beethoven, blocking half-back.
he really knocked them down.
but he drank beer
and played the piano all night.
[…]
Beethoven blocked out 3 men,
and as I went past he said,
I got a couple of babes lined up for tonight;
don’t injure anything
you might need
later.

Excerpt from  L. Beethoven, Half-Back by Charles Bukowski 


Much like Bukowski, Beethoven was a slow starter. His first attempts in any genre (Piano Sonatas, Chamber Music, Concertos and Symphonie) aren't brilliant. But when he premiered this 3rd Piano Concerto on April 5 1803, it was spot on. 

Recommended recording:
Mitsuko Uchida, Kurt Sanderling & Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra

Uchida and Amsterdam's finest are packing heat and will make you forget all about Beethoven’s first two mediocre attempts.

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