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Barenboim, Barenboim & Soltani

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival HallBelvedere Road, London, Greater London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Dates/times in London time zone
Sunday 17 January 202119:30
Daniel BarenboimPiano
Michael BarenboimViolin
Kian SoltaniCello

Daniel Barenboim, Michael Barenboim and Kian Soltani present more Beethoven piano trios culminating in the magnificent Archduke.

In this piece, Beethoven’s chamber music took on a new atmosphere of grandeur. After its landmark composition, the dynamic of piano, violin and cello was changed forever.

The music was written for a virtuoso pianist whose talents would push his string-playing colleagues to new heights of brilliance.

This performance convenes musicians just as special. Daniel Barenboim – named by Fortune Magazine as one of ‘The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ – is joined by a young protégé and his own son to bring Beethoven’s opulent score to life.

The Archduke Trio’s series of noble variations had a precedent. Beethoven’s earlier set of variations for piano trio, based on the Kakadu aria from a popular opera of his day, embodies the same idea of forensic musical examination and shows signs of Beethoven the firebrand.

In between the two, the ensemble turns to the more elusive world of Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op.70 No.2. Beneath the passing moments of flamboyance lies an altogether more mellow, intimate work – possibly a coded tribute from Beethoven to the man who conceived of the piano trio before him, Joseph Haydn.

This traversal of Beethoven’s perfectly balanced piano trios, anchored by the commanding presence of Daniel Barenboim, is likely to be one of the highlights of the composer’s anniversary year.

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