The Barbican and the LSO announce today that the Barbican’s resident orchestra the London Symphony Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Barbican Hall with Music Director Sir Simon Rattle for a special series of eleven concerts from 29 November – 17 December 2020.
This series is announced today alongside the Barbican’s autumn re-opening Live from the Barbican programme.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts all the concerts which feature the five Beethoven piano concertos with guest soloist Krystian Zimerman. Each programme is performed twice in one day at 3.30pm and 6.30pm with socially distanced audiences and recorded for future broadcast. For the final LSO concert of 2020 on December 17 Krystian Zimerman will play all five Beethoven piano concertos in one extended programme with intervals.
This series marks the return to and the conclusion of the LSO’s celebration of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican which began with performances of Beethoven Symphony No 7 and his oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives which was performed on Sunday 19 January.
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO said:
“I am delighted that the LSO is able to bookend its contribution to the Beethoven 250 celebrations with the stunning performances of Christ on the Mount of Olives just before lock down – to be released on LSO Live in November – and now Sir Simon Rattle conducting the LSO with Krystian Zimerman playing all five Beethoven concertos as a finale.”
The Beethoven concertos are paired with works by Stravinsky for every concert. Audiences will be able to hear Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète, composed for the Ballet Russes, Four Norwegian Moods, his Octet for Wind Instruments, Suite Nos 1 & 2 for small orchestra, Concerto in D for Strings, Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and his ballet music composed for New York City Ballet Orpheus and Agon.
For the final LSO concert of 2020 on December 17 Krystian Zimerman will play all five Beethoven piano concertos in one extended programme with intervals.