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Beethoven experts on a musical journey through time

Since starting up in 2010, Le Concert Olympique, with its founder and director Jan Caeyers, has been the very first choice of audiences looking for specialised travel guides for trips back to past musical epochs. Its state-of-the-art interpretations are considered as an artistic benchmark, particularly with regard to Beethoven. This is not least thanks to Caeyers’ research efforts, which have resulted among other things in an internationally celebrated best-selling biography of the composer. Now, in autumn 2017, Le Concert Olympique is going on a European tour with the reconstruction of the so-called “Academy” of 1803 – the concert in Vienna at which Beethoven personally performed three of his great works for the first time.

Le Concert Olympique will now reconstruct this great musical event in Beethoven’s life for interested audiences on four different occasions: first up in Innsbruck (Sep. 26, Saal Tirol Congress), then at the Beethovenfest Bonn (Sep. 29, World Conference Center), in Antwerp (Sep. 30, deSingel) and Amsterdam (Oct. 2, Concertgebouw). The solo part will be performed by Kristian Bezuidenhout, one of the most prominent keyboard virtuosos of the early-music scene, whose passion for historically-informed performance practice is on an absolute par with that of Jan Caeyers. This long-overdue collaboration, which has been awaited eagerly by many, promises to provide a unique and very authentic musical experience. The South African-born Bezuidenhout will play on a modern piano. The vocal parts in the concluding oratorio will be sung by Marlis Petersen (soprano), Steve Davislim (tenor) and Dietrich Henschel (bass), together with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, with which Caeyers has already worked a number of times.

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