Ludwig van Beethoven
The finale to the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, with the complete symphonies with Daniel Barenboim, the complete quartets by Quatuor Ébène, concertos by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the London Symphony Orchestra, and the last segment of the complete symphonies on period instruments by Jordi Savall.
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: Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin (all symphonies in four concerts), Andris Nelsons with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Jordi Savall with Le Concert des Nations…
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, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, etc.) test their skills on these majestic scores. His Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto will also be performed by masterful interpreters.
From his string quartets to his sonatas, from his trios to his variations, this season explores Beethoven’s chamber music through a veritable ‘logbook’ charting his evolutions.
Quatuor Ébène performs the composer’s sixteen string quartets, an entire weekend is dedicated to his variations, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Barenboim and Kian Soltani devote two concerts to his trios for piano and strings, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis play a selection of sonatas for violin and piano, and Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley present the complete sonatas for cello and piano, etc. A rich panorama of Beethoven’s chamber music for this anniversary season.
A long-time partner and collaborator, the Orchestre de Paris is now an integral part of the Philharmonie de Paris, playing a central role in an artistic project that it both drives and nourishes.
London Symphony Orchestra • Münchner Philharmoniker • Mariinsky • Staatskapelle Berlin • Bayerischen Rundfunks • Gewandhausorchester Leipzig • Concertgebouworkest – Amsterdam • Santa Cecilia • Metropolitan Opera • Bolchoï…
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 2020-21 Season’s highlights here.