Leif Ove Andsnes is one of today’s greatest living pianists – and he’s particularly brilliant when it comes to Beethoven. So, when we met him at his home in Bergen, we asked him to guide us through one of the composer’s greatest works.
Let’s start at the beginning
And here’s Leif Ove to demonstrate the amazing opening to Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto and to explain exactly why it's so revolutionary.
Leif Ove Andsnes' video guide to Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concert...
Leif Ove Andsnes kicks off his video guide to Beethoven's 'Emperor' ConcertoPosted by Classic FM on Thursday, 19 November 2015
We’re on to the meat of the First Movement of the 'Emperor' Piano Concerto
We asked Leif Ove to guide us through the different themes that the great composer uses in this section.
Leif Ove Andsnes' video guide to the themes of Beethoven's 'Em...
Leif Ove Andsnes introduces the main themes in the first movement of Beethoven's Fifth Piano ConcertoPosted by Classic FM on Thursday, 19 November 2015
Now we’re on to the development section
That’s the bit where basically there are no rules and composers can do what the heck they like.
Spoiler: Beethoven went TO TOWN with the octaves.
Leif Ove Andsnes on the epic first movement of the 'Emperor'
An introduction to the epic octave writing in Beethoven's 'Emperor' ConcertoPosted by Classic FM on Thursday, 19 November 2015
Ok, the second movement – the slow one
Here's Leif Ove to explain exactly how Beethoven breaks your heart.
Leif Ove Andsnes introduces the slow moement of Beethoven's Fi...
Leif Ove Andsnes introduces the beautiful slow movement of the 'Emperor' Concerto by BeethovenPosted by Classic FM on Thursday, 19 November 2015
And at the end of this movement, something very special happens
Here’s your guide to the amazing transition between the second and third movements – perhaps the most revolutionary moment in the whole concerto.
Beethoven at his finest – played by Leif Ove Andsnes
Leif Ove Andsnes on the awesome 'Emperor' ConcertoPosted by Classic FM on Thursday, 19 November 2015
Leif Ove Andsnes' film 'Concerto – A Beethoven Journey' is available to buy on DVD now. And there's plenty more about our trip to Bergen to meet Leif Ove Andsnes right here.