Two musical gems, the Egmont overture – inspired by Goethe's play – and the Piano Concerto No. 4, pave the way for Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, an iconic work, not merely in the composer's own output but in classical music generally, and a clear incitement to artists and ordinary individuals alike to strive to overcome their difficulties. "Beethoven was two things at the same time: the last man of the classical period and the first man of the Romantic period" (Leonard Bernstein).
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No 4 in G major, Op. 58
Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Alba Ventura, piano
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu