Press Release: Inon Barnatan Releases Beethoven Concerto Cycle, Performs with Chicago and Cincinnati Symphonies and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Tours Europe and the U.S. with Alisa Weilerstein in 2019-20
Pianist Inon Barnatan – honored as one of WQXR’s “19 for 19” influential musicians to watch this year and a longtime critical favorite in the works of Beethoven – pays homage to the revolutionary Classical master this season in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth. With frequent collaborator Alan Gilbert conducting London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, he releases a complete cycle of Beethoven concertos on the Pentatone label in two volumes, one in the fall and one in the spring. He joins Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony for a recreation of Beethoven’s legendary 1808 concert, performing both the Choral Fantasy and Fourth Piano Concerto, which he also plays this season with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and Tokyo Symphony. With his recital partner, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and violinist Guy Braunstein he plays Beethoven’s triple concerto twice, first with the Dresden Philharmonic and then with the Barcelona Symphony. Also with Weilerstein, he tours a program of Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas to San Francisco and other cities around the U.S., besides touring a program of Brahms and Shostakovich to London’s Wigmore Hall and venues in the Netherlands and Italy. Other high-profile orchestral performances for Barnatan this season include Mozart’s Concerto No. 23 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Ravel’s G-major Concerto with the Chicago Symphony, Brahms’s First Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Rachmaninov’s Third Concerto with Alan Gilbert leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Rounding out the season, the pianist returns to Alice Tully Hall with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; plays Shostakovich with the Dover Quartet in Indianapolis; and plays solo recitals in Tokyo’s Toppan Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Oregon’s Portland Piano International, besides making his Baltimore recital debut in the Shriver Concert Hall Series and his solo recital debut in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.