Pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi is in Fresno this weekend on an unusual mission: performing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos over three concerts with the Fresno Philharmonic. The concerts will take the listener through Beethoven's musical evolution from his early works to the famous Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor."
We spoke with Pompa-Baldi about his career, the challenges of performing a complete Beethoven cycle over three nights, and the character of each of these masterworks. Maestro Theodore Kuchar also joined us to talk about Pompa-Baldi and their work together in Cape Town, South Africa.