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Evening Masterwork: Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor” for October 10, 2022

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Evening Masterwork: Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat “Emperor” for October 10, 2022

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 is nicknamed the “Emperor,” a nickname likely given by a publisher. Composed not long after Napoleon had besieged Beethoven’s home of Vienna, the composer likely wasn’t even a fan of his concerto’s nickname. Nevertheless, the concerto does have an imperial sense and scope to it, and you can hear it tonight at 7: Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto, our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.