(1770-1827) had become somewhat restive with the piano concerto form,
tiring of its common use as a mere display piece for the soloist to
show off his virtuoso skills. Thus for his next such work, he wrote no
cadenza (in fact, he expressly forbade one), and instead thoroughly
integrated the solo piano part into the fabric of the orchestra. Dubbed the Emperor Concerto
by its admirers for its majestic sweep and broad themes, Beethoven's
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 73, has retained its regal
position within its genre for the past 200 years. More than...