ONLINE EVENT: Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4

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Streamed on DG Stage

Sat 19 Dec 2020 7.00pm - 8.15pm
Online

Beethoven Piano Concerto No 2
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Krystian Zimerman piano
London Symphony Orchestra

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Available on demand for 48 hours

Recorded on 9 December 2020

This central chapter in a three-concert cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos performed by Krystian Zimerman with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle features Nos 2 and 4. The Second was in fact the composer’s first full-length orchestral work and largely adheres to norms established by Mozart. But Beethoven’s distinctive voice comes through in, for example, starkly contrasting themes and unanticipated key changes. The Fourth, meanwhile, responds to the developments in the instrument itself: a wider range of notes were now available, and additional colours too, thanks to a new pedal system. The concerto’s graceful, profound and expressive writing was groundbreaking.

> Watch Concertos Nos 1 & 3 on 17 December 2020
> Watch Concerto No 5 on 21 December 2020

 

Photo: Deutsche Grammophon/Bartek Barczyk