Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 2

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Sir Simon Rattle with Krystian Zimerman

Thu 3 Dec 2020 7.30pm - 9.40pm
Barbican Hall, London

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2
Hindemith Symphonic Dances
Interval
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Krystian Zimerman piano

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Part of 2020/21 season

Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican

 Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle begin their journey through Beethoven’s piano concertos, and the LSO rediscovers a neglected 20th-century giant: Paul Hindemith.

‘Any performance by Zimerman is a special occasion,’ says The Guardian, and this phenomenal Polish pianist is as much a visionary as a virtuoso. Today, he begins a full cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the LSO: a magnificent way to crown this year of Beethoven celebrations.

By any standards, this is a big event – but Beethoven looked to the future as well as the past, and Zimerman himself is an artist who never takes the obvious path. So Sir Simon is taking the opportunity to champion a forgotten titan of 20th-century music: Paul Hindemith, who defied Nazism, and wrote music as outspoken as it is compelling. His rarely heard Symphonic Dances form an arresting backdrop to Beethoven’s sunny, youthful concertos.