The phenomenal Krystian Zimerman performs Beethoven’s darkest piano concerto, and Sir Simon Rattle conducts music by Paul Hindemith at his most irreverent, and his most inspiring.
Beethoven took Mozart as an inspiration for his Third Piano Concerto, and some music is simply better than it can ever be played. But if anyone can do it justice, it’s Krystian Zimerman. As The Guardian puts it, ‘he and Rattle have forged a very special musical partnership’; it’s fair to expect something rather special before Sir Simon turns to three Hindemith rarities.
Any true genius is multifaceted, and tonight we’ll hear Hindemith the iconoclast – the anarchic musical prankster who blew raspberries at the conservative establishment in Weimar Germany. But he was dancing on a volcano: and it was his great hymn to the power of art, Mathis der Maler, which saw him denounced by the Nazis. Serene, expansive and deeply humane, the Mathis der Maler symphony crowns tonight’s concert.
The performance is expected to finish around 9pm, 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.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
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.