After an engaging overture by Vaughan Williams, Music Director Peter Oundjian continues a cycle of all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos, each performed by the award-winning Jan Lisiecki. Beethoven wrote his Second Piano Concerto to showcase his talents as a budding young pianist; the Fourth was composed by a more mature Beethoven, one exploring his inventive side—for instance, through his radical and unprecedented idea of beginning the concerto with solo piano.
Location: Chautauqua Auditorium
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Jan Lisiecki, piano
Ralph Vaughan Williams, The Wasps Overture
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58
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- “If one thinks of the Beethoven concerti as novels,” says pianist Jan Lisiecki, “each offers a deep spiritual journey. Performed together, this definitive anthology gives new light to the power of Beethoven’s genius.” Hear a sample of Lisiecki’s recording of Beethoven’s piano concerto cycle
- 2022 marks composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 150th birthday. Learn more about the life and works of Vaughan Williams at BBC Radio