The Beethoven Concertos II

Beethoven's first two concertos, where  the 25-year-old composer expresses his continuity but also his distance to Mozart, are offered here in versions due to Vinzenz Lachner (1811-93), composer, conductor and teacher friend of Brahms. Lachner's arrangements are effective and well-written and adapt to a quintet performance as well as a string orchestra, a common practice to make orchestral masterpieces available to as many people as possible. In this regard, it is worth remembering that Mozart in 1782 had composed 4 concertos with optional winds, to make a chamber performance possible: throughout the eighteenth century, chamber music with piano and the piano concerto seem to be part of an instrumental world with very fluid boundaries.