Beethoven and Schumann Festival

Jonathan Biss

Benjamin Ealovega

5-concert series starting at $115

NAC Southam Hall

“When soul meets soul on lovers' lips.”
– Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound

Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann, each represented by a collection of their complete output in one art-form, reveal their innermost personae. Beethoven: a storm, powerful, unpredictable, with a voice both heroic and lyrical. Schumann reveals to us a childlike tenderness, by turns melancholic and joyful.

From Schumann’s symphonies, expect fresh interpretations with light brushstrokes, vivid sound palettes, and sharp contrasts. From the Beethoven piano concertos, get set for dazzling virtuosity, passion and soul as each soloist brings a unique approach.

Through intimate pre- and post-concert events you’ll develop a deeper understanding of these two Romantic era composers.

Join Alexander Shelley, the NAC Orchestra, and a roster of world-renowned pianists, as they interpret these expressive and timeless masterpieces.

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  1. Angela Hewitt

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Sonata, Op. 79
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
    • Schumann Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

    Great Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt performs a work in which nineteen-year-old Beethoven combined his respect for musical tradition with an irrepressible flair for innovation.

  2. Jonathan Biss

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 31, No. 2, “The Tempest”
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2
    • Schumann Symphony No. 2

    Alexander Shelley and the NAC Orchestra bring alive the restless, searching spirit of two great composers, with a focus on Jonathan Biss’s fresh approach to music by a young Beethoven.

  3. Conrad Tao

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Schumann Piano Concerto
    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

    Schumann — like Beethoven — was a great pianist, and for both composers, the piano held sway. Conrad Tao explores the riches of these two powerhouse works.

    *Note afternoon start time

  4. Saleem Ashkar

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
    • Schumann Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

    Composed during times of deep emotional crisis, these masterpieces transcend the composers’ personal circumstances to express emotions shared by us all.

  5. Rudolf Buchbinder

    Beethoven and Schumann

    NAC Southam Hall

    • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
    • Schumann Symphony No. 4

    In these great works, we hear superb expressions of Romanticism — virtuosic, intensely subjective, and driven by emotion and intuition rather than reason.

Add this concert to your Festival experience:

  1. Music for a Saturday Afternoon with Angela Hewitt

    Beethoven and Schumann

    National Gallery of Canada

    • C. Schumann Romance for Violin and Piano
    • Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8
    • Schumann Piano Quartet

    Multifaceted pianist Angela Hewitt joins members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for intimate performances of chamber music by Beethoven and Schumann.