Beethoven Piano Concertos: Which is 'Goode' For You?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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This week we tip our hat to Richard Goode, co-artistic director of the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, which kicks off its 60th season on Saturday. We featured his performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G because you chose it.


Comments [23]

Bernie from Brudgewater, NH

Always and ever a favorite.

Jul. 20 2011 05:42 AM
Henry Plemper from New York, NY.

Number 5 was allways my most fawored.
and thats over 50 Years.
Keep up the good work.

Jul. 13 2011 12:03 PM
L.Lubin from Ft. Lee, NJ

The 4th, please. It is the most original, inspired and poetic. I love them all but the 4th is special.

In point of fact there are SIX concerti: Beethoven arranged his violin concerto for piano and orchestra. It deserves to be heard more often.

Jul. 13 2011 12:00 PM

Number 4 is the best for me. Thanks.

Jul. 13 2011 11:57 AM


Jul. 13 2011 11:53 AM
Michael Meltzer

I agree with Miles. Pianists consider the 4th the greatest interpretive challenge possiably Beethoven's most thoughtful and philosophical of the concerti.
There are many great recordings of #5, but Richard Goode is one of the few pianists who does justice to #4.

Jul. 13 2011 11:52 AM
Madeleine from Demarest,NJ

I chose #3 in memory of my late husband. It was one of the first classical pieces he heard on WQXR after coming to NY from Switzerland in 1958. He was smitten...On his way home that evening he went to buy an LP with Wilhelm Backhaus, Karl Boehm and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Jul. 13 2011 11:51 AM
Steve Lepp from Verona, NJ

I'd like to hear the fourth.


Jul. 13 2011 11:50 AM
ion romanul from roosevelt island, ny

# 3 is my favorite; it enhances my mood and it stays with me longer than Beethoven's other four

Jul. 13 2011 11:47 AM

As difficult as it is to choose among five superb concerti, my vote is for number 4. From the surprising opening of the concerto by unaccompanied piano, this is Beethoven at the height of his genius, using deceptively simple motives to build layer upon layer until a mighty musical edifice emerges. It may not have the obvious power of the Emperor, nor the clean simplicity of Nos. 1 and 2, but perhaps for those very reasons, it stands alone in its incomparable beauty.

Jul. 13 2011 11:23 AM

It's the romantic in me...

Jul. 13 2011 11:21 AM
David Gravitz from Ardsley, NY

It's very close between #3 & #5, which are my 2 favorite piano concertos by anyone. I voted for #3 because i have loved it since I was 13 and heard my 13 year old friend play it by ear. The Emperor took a little more time to appreciate

Jul. 13 2011 11:15 AM

Must admit... I'm very partial to the only one written in a minor key... #3

Jul. 13 2011 11:03 AM
William Moss

No 4 is my favorite.

Jul. 13 2011 11:01 AM
Julia de Bary from Kearny, NJ

All Beethoven piano concerti are marterpieces,.... my favorite is # 4.
Thnak you :)

Jul. 13 2011 10:52 AM
Andy Patten from Chatham, NJ

# 5 , Emporer, is my absolute favorite
piano piece... Please play this wonderfully complex work

Jul. 13 2011 10:47 AM
sonia nicholson

All five are good and Goode makes them even better but #5 the Emperior is best and cannot be beaten.

Jul. 13 2011 10:24 AM
Barbara F. Mullin

All of the Beethoven Concerti are wonderful, but my favorite if #1. It has a beautiful adigio and some almost jazzy parts. Play them all and lots of people will be happy.

Jul. 13 2011 10:19 AM
Flavio Hasselmann from Rio de Janeiro

No. 5 certainly deserves to be known as "The Emperor", but no. 4 is also a classic jewel...p├žease play it.

Jul. 13 2011 10:19 AM
Greg. Elfers

Please play number 4. It is the best ever!

Jul. 13 2011 09:55 AM
Tom Anderson from Pottstown, PA

Please play No. 1, if it really has to be only one. It's really No. 2, but with these concertos Nos. aren't really important. They're all totally Beethoven, and totally unique at the same time.

Jul. 13 2011 09:02 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

Tear up your afternoon's playlist and put on all five recordings why not? If I gotta pick only one, however, please play No.5, they don't call it "Emperor" for nothing.

Jul. 13 2011 07:08 AM
Michael Meltzer

There are 5 Beethoven concerti recorded by Richard Goode, and 5 noontimes in a work week.
Just connect the dots!

Jul. 13 2011 01:21 AM

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