Beethoven Piano Concerto No 3
Hindemith Overture to 'The Flying Dutchman' as sight-read by a second-rate spa ensemble at 7am by the fountain – for String Quartet
Hindemith Kammermusik No 1
Hindemith Mathis der Maler – Symphony
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Krystian Zimerman piano
London Symphony Orchestra
Part of 2020/21 season
Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican
Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
Concert supported by LSO Friends
The phenomenal Krystian Zimerman performs Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto, and Sir Simon Rattle conducts music by Paul Hindemith at his most irreverent, and his most inspiring.
Beethoven took Mozart as an inspiration for his Third Piano Concerto, and some music is simply better than it can ever be played. But if anyone can do it justice, it’s Krystian Zimerman. As The Guardian puts it, ‘he and Rattle have forged a very special musical partnership’; it’s fair to expect something rather special before Sir Simon turns to three Hindemith rarities.
Any true genius is multifaceted, and tonight we’ll hear Hindemith the iconoclast – the anarchic musical prankster who blew raspberries at the conservative establishment in Weimar Germany. But he was dancing on a volcano: and it was his great hymn to the power of art, Mathis der Maler, which saw him denounced by the Nazis. Serene, expansive and deeply humane, the Mathis der Maler symphony crowns tonight’s concert.