The solo piano introduces the main theme before the full orchestra affirms the soloist's statement. The rondo's B-section begins with piano scales, before the orchestra again responds. The C-section is much longer, presenting the theme from the A-section in three different keys before the piano performs a passage of arpeggios. Rudolf Serkin recorded it four times: in 1941 with Bruno Walter and the New York Philharmonic; in 1953 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra; in 1962 with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic, and in 1981 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. Bernstein recorded a live performance of the concerto in September 1989, shortly before his death, with Krystian Zimerman and the Vienna Philharmonic. The performance was filmed and released on DVD.
I enjoyed Rudolf Serkin's 1965 CBS recording of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, with Eugene Orchestra. Bernstein relys on interpretation to carry the day, not sonority.
A1. Concerto No. 1 In C Major For Piano And Orchestra, Op. 15: Allegro Con Conductor – Eugene OrmandyOrchestra – The Philadelphia Orchestra. B1 Rondo: Allegro Scherzando.
Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Rudolf Serkin Concerto pour piano No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: II. Adagio. Eugene Ormandy, Rudolf Serkin, The Philadelphia Orchestra III. Rondo.
Album · 1995 · 19 Songs. 90 "Italian": I. Allegro Vivace. Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra. 2. Scherzo from a Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61. Ensemble Wien-Berlin, Wolfgang Schulz, Karl Leister, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Milan Turkovic & Günter Högner. War March of the Priests from "Athalie, Op. 74". 8. Spinning Song from Songs Without Words, Op. 67, No. 4. Michie Koyama. Choral "Ein' Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott!" Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic. 19 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes. Released: 13 Jun 1995. More By Cleveland Orchestra.