Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Opus 58

Piano concertos generally served composers like Mozart or Beethoven as avehicle to display their own pianistic talents to an audience, and thus it comes as no surprise that Beethoven himself played the solo part in the world première of his Fourth Piano Concerto in G major. In the opinion of his contemporaries he was also the only one who could adequately come to terms with the extraordinary technical difficulties of the piece. But not only Beethoven´s virtuosity attracted attention. Likewise, the slow movement impressed audiences, "a masterful movement of beautiful, unending song, which he truly sang with his instrument with a profound, melancholy feeling that also radiated through me." This was at least the way Reichhardt responded to the work in his "Confidential Letters".