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10.07.2021 20:00 (CEST)

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Krystian Zimerman performs the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos (2/3)

This central chapter in a three-concert cycle of Beethoven’s five piano concertos performed by Krystian Zimerman with the LSO and 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.

The unique rapport between Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle is based upon years of shared ideals and mutual respect. Gramophone described their partnership as ‘a thing of wonder’, praising their ‘thrilling sense of purpose’. Now, 30 years after his first recordings, Zimerman returns to Beethoven’s Piano Concertos. He offers an exceptional new interpretation recorded with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. This release is among the biggest highlights to conclude the Beethoven anniversary celebrations.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.19
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, op.58

Krystian Zimerman
London Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle

Watch also the last concert of this cycle:
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5

Be one of three lucky winners to win a free copy of the limited 180g vinyl box-set from this project, signed by Krystian Zimerman! To qualify for this prize draw you need to have purchased one of our concert streams with Krystian Zimerman, Simon Rattle and the LSO. See our terms of conditions here.

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