Piano Concerto op. 61a after the Violin Concerto op. 61
Editor: Hans-Werner Küthen
Piano reduction: Jürgen Sommer
Fingering: Klaus Schilde
Urtext Edition, Piano reduction, paperbound
Two copies needed for performance
Pages: 89 (XI, 78), Size 23,5 x 31,0 cm
Order no. HN 815 · ISMN M-2018-0815-4
Very few musicians are aware of the fact that Beethoven arranged his violin concerto also as a piano concerto. It is only recently that some pianists have discovered this truly rewarding work. Clementi, the London composer and publisher, had heard about the première of the violin concerto and probably sensed its potential. He asked Beethoven for a piano version, which was actually also published in 1808, at the same time as the original. Several important cadenzas had been especially composed for it; the one for the first movement is accompanied by the timpani – a unique and original touch! Our edition (piano reduction and study score) contains the text from the recently published volume in the Complete Edition of Beethoven’s Works.
Hopefully these will stimulate many more performances of this fascinating work.
The score is of Henle’s usual high quality, supported by meticulous notes and background information. The study score is a little over A5 size, ie larger than the usual miniature score, and therefore perfectly possible to play from, and contains the full orchestral score.
[Piano Professional, 2006]
Despite the absence of the autograph, thought to have been lost in the then English blockade of the Continent, Beethoven’s own piano cadenzas and lead-ins … included here by Henle, stand as documentary proof of the transcription’s authenticity and show how seriously the composer took it.
[EPTA Piano Journal, 2006]
Hier evenaart Henle de eigen standaard, met een zeer muzikale lay-out, waaruit de structuur van het werk goed af te lezen valt.