Complete Beethoven Concerti

I'm thrilled to be embarking on a fascinating 9-month journey through arguably the greatest and most perfectly formed series of works for piano and orchestra. First port of call is no. 1 in C major (however he actually wrote this after the 2nd) and it's full of the typical early-classical joyous spirit, elegance and gallant style, with a particularly witty last movement, with a central section which even today sounds wild and almost 'groovy'. Beethoven was a good 100-years ahead of his time and here makes us smile at every turn. The slow movement is sublime, glowing lyricism. The Coriolan Overture and jubilant 1st Symphony make up the rest of the programme. I'm grateful to Ben Knowles for inviting me and to all the young players of the London Beethoven Orchestra for all the hard work they are putting in.