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As an illustrious biographer of Beethoven as well as a conductor Jan Caeyers has created a stir. In Innsbruck on 26 September he will reconstruct a programme given by Beethoven’s academy on 5 April 1803 together with his orchestra Le Concert Olympique and the Arnold Schoenberg Chor. This concert is part of a tour that also encompasses the Beethovenfest Bonn, Antwerp and Amsterdam.
The original academy concert at the Theater an der Wien took place whilst Beethoven was living at the theatre in order to write an opera for the company, and included several world premieres: the Second Symphony, Third Piano Concerto and the oratorio Christus am Ölberge. Jan Caeyers explains: “In this concert, only large-scale works written after the so-called ‘Heiligenstadt crisis’ were performed – this was a dark period of his life lasting months after he was forced to confront his incurable deafness. This existential crisis led to a turnaround in Beethoven’s career in which he decided to no longer appear primarily as a pianist, but rather to make composition his life’s work. This decision had immediate consequences for his music, which became ground-breaking on all levels.”
In November, Jan Caeyers and Le Concert Olympique will also start a new series of concerts with the Triple Concerto in the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie. The work will be framed by last symphony of his most important teacher, Joseph Haydn, and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, named after Goethe’s freedom fighter. The exceptional soloists Antje Weithaas, Maximilian Hornung and Till Fellner are connected with Jan Caeyers’ group of leading European instrumentalists through their infectious enthusiaism. The programme will then tour to locations including Antwerp, Brussels and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
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