Perahia Plays Beethoven III – Barbican

7 April 2017
London, UK

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7 April
London, UK

7:30pm – 9:30pm



  • Beethoven Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21
  • Interval – 30 minutes
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”)



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, play-directing all five from the piano.

Academy Leader Tomo Keller opens the final Academy concert of Perahia Plays Beethoven, performing the dual-role of soloist and director for Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 and Symphony No. 1, paving the way for Perahia’s performance of the mighty “Emperor” Concerto in the second half. From the grandiose opening flourishes, through the sublime tenderness of the second movement, to the breathless exuberance of the technically demanding finale, Beethoven’s most popular Piano Concerto provides a fitting close to this Beethoven Piano Concertos cycle by one of the greatest pianists of our age.

Other concerts in the series take place on 21 November 2016, 20 February and 11 June.

We spoke to Murray for a special two-part edition of the Academy Podcast, where he delved into the details of all five piano concertos. This episode focuses on the Fourth and Fifth:


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Tickets from £10 plus booking fee*

15% discount for booking all four concerts in the series at once – enquire at the Barbican Box Office for more details.

*Booking fees: £3 online, £4 by telephone. There is no fee when tickets are booked in person from the Barbican Box Office.

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Image credit: Mark Allan