It goes without saying that the Concertgebouworkest will be celebrating the anniversary of Beethoven’s birth 250 years ago. None other than Krystian Zimerman is performing Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto under the direction of Gustavo Gimeno.
Beethoven composed his Piano Concerto No. 3 when he himself was still performing; his encroaching deafness, however, would soon put an end to his stage career. In the Third Piano Concerto, we hear Beethoven’s characteristic style beginning to emerge: the restrained drama of this work is a precursor to the Romantic era.
Krystian Zimerman has been praised for decades for his perfectionism. He performs only after having fully captured the essence of the music. Given his intense relationship with the five Beethoven concertos for thirty years, we can expect him to have a balanced vision of these works. Gustavo Gimeno, the renowned conductor who launched his international career with the Concertgebouworkest, is at the helm.
The Concertgebouworkest and Krystian Zimerman are performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos in a single week, and newly commissioned works will serve to place them in a contemporary context. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is juxtaposed here with a new work composed especially for the Concertgebouworkest by Wolfgang Rihm, one of the most important composers of recent decades.