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Paavo Järvi and Igor Levit perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5

Paavo Järvi and Igor Levit perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5

Berliner Philharmoniker
Paavo Järvi

Igor Levit

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E flat major, op. 73

    Igor Levit piano

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, op. 111

A work that “really makes you happy”: that is how Igor Levit described Beethoven’s brilliant E flat major Piano Concerto, in which – amid the tension between individual and collective – the orchestra and solo part combine to form an integral whole. In contrast, sections of Prokofiev’s E flat minor Symphony are supposed to sound like “wind sweeping over a churchyard”. The slow middle movement alternates between aggressiveness and lament, while rhythmic interjections in the finale symbolize – in the words of the composer – “the forces of evil”. E flat major versus E flat minor: both works are in good hands with Paavo Järvi.

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