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Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields play Beethoven

Monday February 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Barbican Hall, London
£45, £35, £25, £15, £10; booking fees: £3 online, £4 by telephone; there is no fee when tickets are booked in person at the Box Office
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  1. Coriolan Overture Op 62 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 2 in B flat Op 19 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  3. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 4 in G Op 58 - Ludwig van Beethoven

In one of 2016/17’s classical highlights, world-leading pianist Murray Perahia celebrates the genius of Ludwig van Beethoven in Perahia plays Beethoven, a four-concert series at London’s Barbican with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Over the course of the season, the acclaimed American applies his penetrating intellect and exquisite musicianship to the brilliant German’s much-loved piano concertos, directing all five from the piano.

In the second concert of the series, Perahia pairs the joie-de-vivre of Beethoven’s youthful Piano Concerto No 2 with his transcendent Piano Concerto No 4. Containing some of the most beautiful writing for piano in the history of western classical music – including the dramatic second movement popularly associated with the myth of Orpheus taming the Furies at the gates of Hades – for many this concerto now ranks alongside the more illustrious 'Emperor' Concerto which was to follow. Academy Leader Tomo Keller sets the tone, beginning the concert directing Beethoven’s stormy Coriolan Overture, based on the semi-mythical life and demise of the war-like Roman general, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus.

A pre-concert talk will take place in the Barbican from 6:30pm.

Barbican Hall
Silk Street
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