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09.07.2021 20:00 (CEST)

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Krystian Zimerman performs the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (1/3)

Renowned Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman joins forces with the London Symphony Orchestra and its Music Director Simon Rattle at LSO St Luke’s for a three-concert cycle of the five piano concertos. This opening concert begins with the Concerto No.3, in the key of C minor, associated in Beethoven’s work with a sense of drama and foreboding. Second on the programme is Concerto No.1, which was written after No.2 but published first. Brimming with bold melodic and harmonic writing, No.1 reveals the emergence of Beethoven’s own inimitable voice.

Over 30 years ago, in 1989, Krystian Zimerman and Leonard Bernstein recorded Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5. They were united in their total dedication to music – in mind, heart and soul – resulting in an exceptional recording. Sadly, Bernstein died before the cycle was recorded in completion. Zimerman went on to conduct the remaining Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 from the keyboard in 1991. “The impression Bernstein’s approach to music made on me was very clear,” Zimerman says. “He gave me the courage and confidence to be daring with my interpretations, trying out musical ideas that were completely new. […] I have found almost the same approach, however, in one other conductor: Simon Rattle. It’s as if he becomes the music himself – and Bernstein was exactly the same. I never thought of Bernstein ‘conducting’ a piece: you thought it’s his piece, he’s composing the moment he’s on stage with it.”

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, op.37
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, op.15

Krystian Zimerman
London Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle

Watch also the other two concerts of this cycle:
Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 4
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5

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