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.
On of the greatest pianists of our time, Krystian Zimerman, joins the Concertgebouworkest in Beethoven’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2. Beethoven was a phenomenal pianist himself; his career started on the concert stage, which is clearly audible in this early concerto, designed to display his talents in Vienna. Although in these early concertos we detect the influences of Haydn and Mozart, it already heralds Beethoven’s headstrong approach.
Beethoven’s early concertos are perfomed less often than the later three, but they are no less demanding. For both the solist and the orchestra a performance is precision work, which is why only pianists of the highest calibre dare to take these works on. Enter Krystian Zimerman, famous for his perfectionist and carefully balanced approach to the score. The conductor is Gustavo Gimeno, whose remarkable international career began with the Concertgebouworkest.