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Beethoven: Sparks of Joy

Beethoven: Sparks of Joy

Mozart, Beethoven: A musical dialogue.

Notes by Margaret Scialdone. Beethoven ‘s use of  thematic material from Mozart was not limited to opera. Note the development of the opening theme of Mozart’s C-minor Piano Concerto, K491, in Beethoven’s C-minor Piano Concerto, Opus 37. (We’ll be looking more at the C-minor key in the coming days.)

First, Mozart’s piano concerto #24, played by Rudolf Buchbinder with the Vienna Philharmonic:

Compare to Beethoven’s third piano concerto, played here by Seong-Jin Cho with the WDR Symphony Orchestra:

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