Beethoven never actually called his Fifth Piano Concerto ‘The Emperor’ – it just seemed perfect for a piece that’s so magnificently larger than life. So, who better to play it than Francesco Piemontesi, a pianist who, according to one critic, ‘puts the music first’? Thomas Søndergård joins him on an adventure that begins with the fresh sounds of our 2021:22 Composers’ Hub winner (you heard it here first), and which ends with the storms, struggles and soaring melodies of Brahms’ epic final symphony.

Composers’ Hub 2021:22 was supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, RVW Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust, Thriplow Charitable Trust and RSNO New Works Patron, Susie Thomson.