classical music

Daniel Barenboim, Michael Barenboim & Kian Soltani

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Daniel Barenboim, Michael Barenboim and Kian Soltani present the first of two concerts charting Beethoven’s exquisite trios for piano, violin and cello.

As the world celebrates 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, we welcome musicians of huge international stature to Royal Festival Hall to journey through the composer’s trios for violin, cello and piano – starting with the composer’s Opus 1.

Beethoven’s publisher was inundated with orders when his first three piano trios appeared. Amateur musicians wanted to try their hands at the pieces by the eccentric German new to Vienna; when they opened the score, they quickly realized they were out of their depth.

Beethoven raised the piano trio out of the domain of salon hobbyists and onto the professional stage. His first trio liberated the cello and violin, and invested the piano with a thrusting virtuosity and power. Meticulous, rebellious and transformative, the work made Beethoven’s name overnight.

13 years later, Beethoven returned to the piano trio and brought even more dramatic power to bear. His trio Op.70 No.1 bursts with harmonic and expressive freedom. Its slow movement was deemed so haunting that the score attracted the nickname ‘Ghost’.

A few years ago, the most important classical musician in Europe, Daniel Barenboim, started to play chamber music with his son Michael and Kian Soltani, an outstanding member of his own youth orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan.

Their trio represents a unification of experience and enthusiasm, seniority and impressionability.

Here, the three musicians play Beethoven’s first four trios, returning to Royal Festival Hall the following evening to perform the final two works.

Listening to him is a great pleasure
Gramophone [on Kian Soltani]

Performers

Daniel Barenboim piano
Michael Barenboim violin
Kian Soltani cello

Repertoire

Beethoven: Piano Trio in E flat, Op.1 No.1; Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1 No.3
Interval
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G, Op.1 No.2; Piano Trio in D, Op.70 No.1 (Ghost)

Dates & times

16 Jan 2021
Approximate run time: 150 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£20 - £65
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£20, £30, £45, £65

Multi-buy discount
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.

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