Controversial piano concertos

Beethoven’s 250th anniversary is marked by the South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and Concerto Copenhagen with music that caused women to swoon and men to shed tears

Saturday 21 November 2020 at 16:00 Dronningesalen / The Queen's Hall
Kristian Bezuidenhout. Photo: Marco Borggreve
Kristian Bezuidenhout. Photo: Marco Borggreve

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Beethoven’s sombre, theatrical and emotionally charged playing style as a young star in Vienna set completely new standards. The South African pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout and Concerto Copenhagen seek together to recreate the tightly packed, intense atmosphere from the Vienna salons, where there was no room for either large pianos or orchestras. Musical research actually proves that Beethoven’s piano concertos were intended for extremely small ensembles.

Bezuidenhout plays on a fortepiano from the time of Beethoven, and Concerto Copenhagen accompany him in a small formation that has a chamber music-like transparency. The programme has been designed as Beethoven himself would have done – because if he did not play his own music, he played Mozart!

Programme 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): 
The Marriage of Figaro - Ouverture
Piano Concert No. 22 in E-flat major

- Intermission -

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Concert No. 3 in C minor op. 37

The concert lasts one hour and 30 minutes, including an intermission. 

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