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François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Beethoven’s genius meets contemporary music that continues his legacy of innovation, in a modern update of the composer’s ‘academy’ concerts.

Beethoven was the inventor of the modern orchestra: his career of innovation finds an echo in the work of the groundbreaking composer Helmut Lachenmann.

Beethoven the political artist finds a counterpart in Francesco Filidei, whose new work takes inspiration from the sublime Emperor Concerto.

Bernd Alois Zimmermann, who like Beethoven, originates from the Rhineland, brings together past, present and future in his music.

Isabel Mundry, inheriting the radicality of Beethoven’s inventions, celebrates the adventure of the ‘new’ itself.

Blending the symphonic concert and the solo recital, two daring artists, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard and conductor François-Xavier Roth, deliver a very personal approach to the titanic composer.

They perform with the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, one of the foremost German symphonic orchestras, located 30 kilometres from the town where Beethoven was born.

Its roots extend beyond Beethoven’s era and since its earliest days it has been associated with new music.


Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
François-Xavier Roth conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) and highlights from his Sonatas and Symphonies
Isabel Mundry: Beethoven Resonances (UK premiere)
Helmut Lachenmann: Tableau
Francesco Filidei: New work for piano & orchestra (UK premiere)
Cage: Concert for piano & orchestra
Zimmermann: Photoptosis

Dates & times

21 Feb 2020
Approximate run time: 150 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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