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Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)Composed: 1787–95First performed: 29th March 1795, Burgtheater, ViennaArtists in first performance: Ludwig van Beethoven, marking it as his public debut

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, by Ludwig van Beethoven was composed primarily between 1787 and 1789, although it did not attain the form in which it was published until 1795. Beethoven did write a second finale for it in 1798 for performance in Prague, but that is not the finale that was published. It was used by the composer as a vehicle for his own performances as a young virtuoso, initially intended with the Bonn Hofkapelle. It was published in December 1801 as Op. 19, later than the publication in March that year of his later composition the Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major as Op. 15, and thus became designated as his second piano concerto.

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  • Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

    These are invigorating performances of Beethoven’s first and last concertos, conveying an admirable sense of spontaneity…The entire performance [of No. 2] radiates energy and enjoyment… Bezuidenhout... More…

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  • Martin Helmchen (piano)

    Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Andrew Manze

    Helmchen really brings out the different approaches Beethoven took in these concertos. A sturdy, reliable recording of two great works. More…

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  • Malena Ernman (mezzo), Yuja Wang (piano), Martha Argerich (piano), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Daniil Trifonov (piano), Ilya Gringolts (violin), Truls Mørk (cello), Evgeny Kissin (piano), Vadim Repin (violin I), Laurent Korcia (violin II), Yuri Bashmet (viola), Alexander Kniazev (cello), Bryn Terfel...

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