Freiburg Baroque and Kristian Bezuidenhout

Beethoven's Piano Concertos 1-3

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


A Melbourne Recital Centre Signature Event

About this concert

Born in Germany in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven redefined music as we know it. His legacy contains some of the most expressive music ever written, bounding between heights of passion and joy and moments of complete and sober reflection. 2020 marks the composer’s 250th birthday year. What better way to celebrate the magnitude of his glorious music than with a survey of his piano concertos, performed by artists who have formed their own special relationships with Beethoven across a lifetime of listening and playing.

The five piano concertos were composed between 1795 and 1809 and have been treasured for more than 200 years. Melbourne Recital Centre’s Signature Event welcomes Kristian Bezuidenhout and Freiburg Baroque Orchestra to perform all five over two outstanding evenings. Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano. His partnership with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra as artistic director has attracted high praise, in particular for their recordings of Mozart.

Hear the concertos as Beethoven imagined them, with the Orchestra’s standing-setting musicianship set off by Bezuidenhout’s ‘irrepressible imagination and vitality’ (The Guardian, U.K.).

About the program

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Kristian Bezuidenhout perform Beethoven’s Piano Concertos 1-3. See the PROGRAM tab for more information.

Thanks to our partners

Supported by Yvonne von Hartel AM, Robert Peck AM, Rachel Peck & Marten Peck of peckvonhartel architects.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.1 in C, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.19
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37

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Pre-Concert Talk

Join us for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.45pm.