On the 250th anniversary of his death, the Ravenna Festival pays tribute to Ludwig Van Beethoven with the Piano Concert no. 3 in C minor and the Symphony no. 6 in F major, Pastoral.
28/06/2020 h. 9:30 (Italian time)
Rocca Brancaleone – Ravenna
Tribute to Beethoven 250 years after his birth
Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Valery Gergiev conductor
Beatrice Rana piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37
Symphony no. 6 in F major, Op. 68, Pastoral
On the manuscript of his Piano Concerto no. 3, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote “Concerto 1800”, the year when, as a thirty-year-old man who was already suffering from hearing loss, decided to mark a sort of personal jubilee at the turn of the two centuries. For a personality like his, capable of revolutionizing the artist’s craft as well as the music, a private celebration became a watershed between two eras.
And thus this Concerto, only premiered in 1803 in Vienna, really paved the way to the 19th century: it is clearly announced in the assertive and martial entrance of the piano soloist, when the first movement’s main theme is announced in double octaves. Such muscular prowess is no theatricality, but an extremely powerful sound that finds an ethereal counterbalance in the Largo in E major, one of the best chapters in Beethoven’s production.