Hélène Grimaud comments about this concerto:
"The Beethoven 4th Concerto for me is just one of the most beautiful things ever written for piano and orchestra, and I really believe to this day is still one of the most original ones. I mean, if you think about how the concerto starts, which for the time was a revolution, with the piano beginning the piece, and then of course the format of the second movement, and this dialog, it really remains one of the most incredible things ever written. And it has a special place in my heart amongst the five concerti. It’s for me the most – this is going to sound bizarre – the most different. They’re all different, of course, but this one really stands aside in the quality of expression and the sort of philosophical quality to the concerto. For me, it’s a concerto that takes place already beyond the basic human emotions, unlike the other four."