Martha Argerich Plays Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major

The Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 19 is music of the youthful Beethoven. Composed between 1787 and 1789, it predated the First Concerto, but was published out of sequence. Filled with charm and exuberance, it follows the model of Mozart.

The acclaimed pianist, Martha Argerich is now an octogenarian, yet her performance of this music sparkles with youthful vitality. (Amazingly, she was already performing Beethoven Concerti at the age of 8, as this 1949 radio broadcast documents).  The concert below was recorded live on December 9, 2023, and features Argerich with conductor Boian Videnoff and the Mannheim Philharmonic.

We explored this piece in an earlier post. Now, let’s return to this great music:

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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  1. Watching Martha Argerich perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto # 2 reminded me of the wonderful video of Ms Argerich and the late Seiji Ozawa performing the Choral Fantasy. Two octogenarians still powerful and very touching .


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