Of course the Concertgebouworkest celebrates Ludwig van Beethovens’s 250th anniversary. None other than Krystian Zimerman is the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2. Gustavo Gimeno is at the helm.
The groundbreaking composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago, in December 1770. The world of music would never be the same. Apart from the symphony and the string quartet, the piano concerto and the piano as an instrument have much to thank Beethoven for. Beethoven’s concertos helped enlarge the tonal and dynamic range and expressive possibilities of the piano to a great extent.
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.
Beethoven composed his Piano Concerto No. 3 at the time when he still performed himself, his increading 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.