Lang Lang Performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2
Feast your ear-teeth on an aural whirlwind of orchestral delights including Haydn's Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 during Gustavo Dudamel's latest 'Friday Evenings 2 Series' program. The esteemed conductor and the Los Angeles Philharmonic welcome celebrated Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang to the stage for the concerto, a perfect pairing thanks to the work's considerable charm, Lang Lang's profound understanding of the composer's creative spirit and mature, contemplative interpretations.
After a dramatic performance of Beethoven's Egmont overture, the evening keeps up the pace with Haydn's 104th Symphony, dubbed 'The London' as it was the last of twelve symphonies he wrote for English audiences. Monumental and filled with its composer's trademark wit, it is a fitting parting gift to the proud classical tradition he helped build in Great Britain. After a brief intermission, the thrilling program comes to a close with Beethoven's triumphant 1795 Second Piano Concerto, an epitome of iconic German muso's playful and lyrical writing.