Ludwig van Beethoven
The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, an excellent occasion to re-immerse ourselves in a body of work as protean as it is Promethean.
Whenever we think “symphony”, Beethoven can never be far from mind. His corpus is both monumental and foundational, having ushered the orchestra into the romantic era.
This season, conductors from diverse origins and backgrounds directing world-class orchestras will each present their reading of Beethoven’s symphonies: Jordi Savall continues his fascinating journey through the complete symphonies on period instruments, at the head of the Concert of Nations, while Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, takes on the feat of performing the complete cycle in three days.
One violin concerto, five piano concertos, and a triple concerto for violin, cello and piano: in a handful of pages, Beethoven left his permanent mark on the genre, propelling its shift from classicism to romanticism.
A virtuoso pianist, Beethoven dedicated most of his concertos to his instrument, even performing the premieres himself. This season, the greatest pianists in music today (Khatia Buniatishvili, Lang Lang, Nicholas Angelich, Sir András Schiff, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, etc.) test their skills on these majestic scores. His Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto will also be performed by masterful interpreters.
Spanning his entire life, Beethoven’s sixteen string quartets and thirty-two piano sonatas are a fascinating logbook of his evolution as a composer.
Beethoven takes centre stage at this String Quartet Biennial which presents his complete quartets, performed by the most prestigious ensembles, in dialogue with quartets by his predecessors and composers who have continued exploring the genre to the present day.
In piano, Daniel Barenboim presents the final segment of his complete Beethoven sonatas, on which Pierre-Laurent Aimard offers a twentieth-century perspective, and which Mikhail Pletnev juxtaposes with Mozart, and Daniil Trifonov with Schumann and Prokofiev—each revealing new facets.
Some of Beethoven’s greatest vocal works in the hands of the finest interpreters.
A reconstruction of the famous concert Beethoven organised on 22 December 1808 in Vienna, by the Wiener Symphoniker and Philippe Jordan; Christ on the Mount of Olives by the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; and Fidelio by the Orchestre de Paris under the direction of Simone Young.
18 - 21 JANUARY 2020
Beethoven was baptised on 17 December 1770. In honour of this 250th anniversary, this weekend features Philippe Jordan conducting the Wiener Symphoniker, and Daniel Barenboim continuing his cycle of the complete piano sonatas.
25 - 26 JANUARY 2020
Many are those who view Beethoven as their forefather—from Mahler to the Second Viennese School to modern-day composers—each claiming lineage to him in writing their history of modernity.
Great orchestras, international soloists, projects which shed new light on music, jazz music, pop music and world music as well as three temporary exhibitions. Catch up with 2019-20 Season’s highlights here.
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