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Great works up close.

‘Beethoven’s instrumental music opens up to us the kingdom of the gigantic and the immeasurable.’ ETA Hoffmann

In the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, we have invited some of our favourite musicians to join us for a year-long series, focusing on those works for which Hall One is the ideal venue. They include period instrument specialists such as Rachel Podger, Pieter Wispelwey, and the Chiaroscuoro Quartet with Krisztian Bezuidenhout, alongside our residents Aurora Orchestra and the Brodsky Quartet, who will perform the electrifying late quartets one at a time in rush-hour concerts.

We are also delighted to host international guest artists Francois-Frederic Guy with the Hammerklavier Sonata, Trio Wanderer with a clutch of piano trios, while the Jacques Thibaud Trio perform the string trios. Last, but not least, we welcome back Thomas Gould as soloist in the violin concerto and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble performing the spell-binding Septet.

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Opp. 135 & 133

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. Op. 135 is the surprise finale of the late quartets, a work which radiates good humour and acceptance.

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Beethoven the Virtuoso – Illustrated Lecture with David Owen Norris

Classical / London Piano Festival

Beethoven stormed into Vienna in his early twenties, improvising at the piano in a dazzling new way. David Owen Norris explores this phase of Beethoven’s career with the aid of an 1802 Schantz Grand Pianoforte.

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The Young Ludwig – Katya Apekisheva

Classical / London Piano Festival

In this afternoon recital, renowned pianist Katya Apekisheva explores three of the most fascinating early keyboard works by Beethoven.

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Chiaroscuro Quartet – Beethoven Early Quartets

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this concert, Chiaroscuro Quartet link Mendelssohn, Purcell, Schubert and Beethoven together for a performance of extraordinary energy.

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Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble – The Septet

Classical / Beethoven 250

The eminent principals of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble perform Beethoven’s Septet, a work which possesses an easy-going charm and uncontainable exuberance.

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Jacques Thibaud Trio – Beethoven String Trios

Classical / Beethoven 250

The Berlin-based Jacques Thibaud Trio mixes Beethoven’s radical Op. 9 with Schubert’s heavenly trio in B flat, and Jean Françaix’s witty String Trio. 

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Rush-Hour Lates with Brodsky Quartet: Beethoven Op. 130

Classical / Beethoven 250

In this special anniversary series, the acclaimed Brodsky Quartet perform Beethoven’s late string quartets. The cycle closes with his Op. 130, the penultimate and most radical of the last quartets.

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Rachel Podger & Christopher Glynn – Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata

Classical / Beethoven 250

Using 19th century instruments that reflect Beethoven’s ideal, Rachel Podger and Christopher Glynn join forces to explore a sonata cycle that, more than any other, opens up new worlds of expression for violin and piano.

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Pieter Wispelwey & Alasdair Beatson – Beethoven Complete Cello Sonatas

Classical / Beethoven 250

Dutch maestro Pieter Wispelwey and the questing young pianist Alasdair Beatson take us on an epic journey through Beethoven's cello sonatas.

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