Concert Introduction Listened at 19.00 Giovanni Antonini, conductor Igor Levit, piano Ludwig van Beethoven Overture to "The Creatures of Prometheus" in C major op.43 Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor op. 37 Anton Eberl Symphony in E flat major Compromises are necessary. In making music, too (where would we get there...). But not in the aesthetic attitude! Cover your sky, Zeus, and practice, like the boy who beheads thistles, on oaks and mountain peaks! Attacking and insolent, Goethe lets the philanthropist and fire-bearer Prometheus announce that he is definitely not ready for one thing: compromise. Ludwig van Beethoven is just as unwilling to compromise, neither in his Prometheus homage nor in his 3rd piano concerto, in which he - once again! - he goes new ways, tries out new forms and overtaxes the ears of the time. Whether this also applies to his competitor, the little older Anton Eberl? He may have faded away today, but he was a celebrity at the time. And at least his contemporaries were somewhat irritated by his symphony (as they always were with Beethoven): the music was fiery and bold, but also quite peculiar..... What Igor Levit is also, the internationally celebrated, unconditional, fiery and bold pianist, who leaves no one indifferent, who interferes in current discussions and brushes works against the grain. Can you imagine what he once said about himself? "I'm as relaxed as strawberry jam." If you can believe it...
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