Editors’ Notes With an impressive set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas under his belt—a feat he’s repeated in a single day in concert—Canadian pianist Goodyear turns to the concertos. Many of the qualities are replicated here: terrific freshness, a palpable feeling of energy, rhythmic drive that fairly fizzes, and a lively imagination. He makes a lovely sound too: Beautifully clear, and his way to make a trill glitter is very impressive. He sparkles in the first two concertos, brings real flair to No. 3 and No. 4, and ends with a commanding “Emperor.” The BBC NOW and Andrew Constantine are attentive partners.

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: II. Largo
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15: III. Rondo. Allegro scherzando
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: II. Adagio
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Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19: III. Rondo. Molto allegro
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: I. Allegro con brio
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: II. Largo
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo. Allegro
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: I. Allegro moderato
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: II. Andante con moto
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Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58: III. Rondo. Vivace
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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor"
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor": I. Allegro
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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor": II. Adagio un poco mosso
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Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73 "Emperor": III. Rondo. Vivace
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