8 October 2020

Krystian Zimerman, piano

Originally subscription B

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3

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This concert is unplaced. You can indicate with your order whether you want to sit in the main hall, on the balcony or on stage. Your seat will be designated on the spot by one of the staff of the Concertgebouw.
October 2020 Thursday 20:15
Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Ticket sales for this concert start on August 24. Subscribers can order tickets from August 17.
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3
Christiaan Richter 2270 (commission, world premiere)

Of course the Concertgebouworkest celebrates Ludwig van Beethovens’s 250th anniversary. None other than Krystian Zimerman is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Gustavo Gimeno is at the helm. The young Dutchman Christiaan Richter composed a contemporary reflection of Beethoven.

Restrained drama

Beethoven composed his Piano Concerto No. 3 at the time when he still performed himself, his increasing deafness would soon end his career as a piano virtuoso. In Piano Concerto No. 3 we can hear Beethoven’s characteristic style taking shape: the restrained drama of this work heralds the Romanticism of the later 19th century.

Krystian Zimerman

Krystian Zimerman is one of the greatest pianists of our time. He does not perform often - only when he feels he completely understands the essence of the score. For over thirty years he has studied Beethoven’s Concertos, leading to a carefully balanced approach and a clear vision. The conductor is Gustavo Gimeno, whose remarkable international career began with the Concertgebouworkest.

Contemporary perspective: Richter

The young Dutchman Christiaan Richter composed his second work for the Concertgebouworkest: a companion piece to Beethoven’s concertos, more specifically the fourth, entitled 2270. ‘Doubling the anniversary time’ – 2270 will mark Beethoven’s 500th anniverary – implicates a whole range of questions, according to the composer: what is Beethoven’s relevance now and in the future? Have his political ideals been realised, are we getting closer, or do we seem to move away from them?’  

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