Krystian Zimerman and Sir Simon Rattle begin their journey through Beethoven’s piano concertos, and the LSO rediscovers a neglected 20th-century giant: Paul Hindemith.
‘Any performance by Zimerman is a special occasion,’ says The Guardian, and this phenomenal Polish pianist is as much a visionary as a virtuoso. Today, he begins a full cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos with the LSO: a magnificent way to crown this year of Beethoven celebrations.
By any standards, this is a big event – but Beethoven looked to the future as well as the past, and Zimerman himself is an artist who never takes the obvious path. So Sir Simon is taking the opportunity to champion a forgotten titan of 20th-century music: Paul Hindemith, who defied Nazism, and wrote music as outspoken as it is compelling. His rarely heard Symphonic Dances form an arresting backdrop to Beethoven’s sunny, youthful concertos.
The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.
Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
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Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.