Happy Birthday Maria Joao Pires

The brilliant Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires is the star attraction in tonight's Concert.

On tonight’s Full Works Concert, Jane Jones celebrates the 70th birthday of the superstar pianist Maria Joao Pires

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In what has become the stuff of legend, Pires famously managed to call on her extraordinary skill and memory when, during a concert, the orchestra began playing a different Mozart concerto from the one she was expecting, and she was forced to perform it at just a few seconds’ notice. Watch that moment here.

Tonight we’ll hear her play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21, as well as in partnership with the violinist Augustin Dumay – and from two of the conductors with whom she’s collaborated.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C major K.467
Piano: Maria-Joao Pires
Claudio Abbado conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major Opus 24 'Spring'
Violin: Augustin Dumay
Piano: Maria-Joao Pires

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.1 in C minor Opus 68
Riccardo Chailly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Chopin: Waltz in Ab major Opus 42 No.5
Piano: Maria Joao Pires