Gramophone Podcast: Jan Lisiecki on the five Beethoven piano concertos

Gramophone Fri 27th September 2019

Former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year, Jan Lisiecki has recorded a new cycle of the five concertos which DG has just released at the start of its Beethoven Edition

The former Gramophone Young Artist of the Year on a major recording project

Next year is Beethoven Year - he was born 250th years ago, in 1770 – and the record industry is lining up a vast number of releases in celebration. Berlin-based Deutsche Grammophon, not surprisingly, is spearheading the campaign with a huge Beethoven Edition and one of the earliest releses is a new set of the five piano concertos.

The young Polish-Canadian pianist, Jan Lisiecki, joined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a tour which ended up in Berlin with a live recording.

Lisiecki spoke to James Jolly at the Jurmula Festival in Latvia – where Jan was playing the Fourth Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and he explained how this project came about and how the Fourth Concerto occupies a special place in his musical affections and career. 

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Photo: Christoph Köstlin/DG

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