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. 4. Gustavo Gimeno is at the helm. The young Dutchman Christiaan Richter composed a contemporary reflection of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
Highly original mind
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 proved his highly original mind. Its improvisation-like spontaneity in the beginning met with much resistance and incomprehension. After the 1808 premiere a review praised the work as ‘the most admirable, extraordinary artistic and complex Beethoven score ever’. Yet it was neglected for many years. Now Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 is regarded a highlight of the conerto literature as well as one of Beethoven’s most well-loved compositions.
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?’