Beethoven’s first piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, was written in 1795 and hi
s last piano concerto, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 was written between 1809 and 1811.
The last piano concerto is also known as the Emperor Concerto
and the composition exudes a powerful, grand and heroic mood.
The five completed piano concertos cover the entire music career of the composer.
Buchbinder, 74, who was the youngest student ever to have enrolled to study at the Vie
nna Academy of Music at the age of 5, twice recorded the full cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in 2007 and 2011.
In 1986, Buchbinder performed all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas for the first time at the Wiener Musikverein.