Sir Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73 by Ludwig van Beethoven, popularly known as the "Emperor Concerto", was his last piano concerto. It was written between 1809 and 1811 in Vienna, and was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf, Beethoven's patron and pupil. The first performance took place on November 28, 1811, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. In 1812, Carl Czerny, his student, gave the Vienna debut of this work.
This concerto is very well known, and quite popular. In October 2007 it was voted number One in the Australian Broadcasting Company's Classic FM Classic 100 Concertos.
Like the "Moonlight Sonata", the title of "Emperor" for this concerto was not Beethoven's own; the nickname "Emperor" is referred to exclusively in the English-speaking world. Its duration is approximately forty minutes.
It has three parts: I. Allegro, II. Adagio un poco mosso, III. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo