Javier Perianes returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra to perform all five of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos over two nights (Friday 22 & Saturday 23 February 2019) alongside conductor Juanjo Mena. The cycle follows naturally from the success of Perianes’ performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with the LPO in April 2015. “It was an extraordinary experience,” he recalls. “We enjoyed working together very much and I have wonderful memories of that concert.” The Spanish pianist’s compelling Beethoven interpretations have won critical acclaim for their striking individuality and vision, and opened fresh perspectives on some of the best-known works in the classical canon.
“To explore the full set of Beethoven concertos means a great opportunity to go through the composer’s different periods of composition, to observe the evolution of his writing for piano in dialogue with orchestra,” observes Perianes. “The influence of Haydn and Mozart in the first two concertos, for example, the Third’s more dramatic aspects, the Fourth’s lyricism and improvisation, and the Fifth’s grandiosity. To be a part of such a special project with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall is a true honour and privilege and to do it with a conductor I admire both musically and personally as much as Juanjo Mena makes this wonderful project even more special for me.”