focal points

Here you will find everything about the concerts of the March week with all nine symphonies as well as a cycle of European works - the best given by top-class European orchestras!

The starting point and foundation of the Bonn Beethovenfest is the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, the chamber music no less than the symphonies and concertos, whether on modern or period instruments. But his music can also serve as a source of inspiration in other programmes or be performed in new versions and guises. Below you will find an overview of Beethoven masterpieces at the 2019 Beethovenfest.

Every festival thrives on names that promise high quality. This year we are again happy to present masterly artists. In addition to Beethoven’s music, they will devote themselves to key works of the season or present world premières. You can look forward to the great pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Louis Lortie, the fascinating lied interpretations of Christian Gerhaher and Sarah Maria Sun and the stupendous violin playing of Carolin Widmann, among many other star attractions!

Every festival thrives on names that promise high quality. This year we are again happy to present masterly artists. In addition to Beethoven’s music, they will devote themselves to key works of the season or present world premières. You can look forward to the great pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Louis Lortie, the fascinating lied interpretations of Christian Gerhaher and Sarah Maria Sun and the stupendous violin playing of Carolin Widmann, among many other star attractions!

The motto of the 2019 Beethovenfest cries out for attention. It is taken, of course, from the so-called ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, a nickname not of Beethoven’s making. This time, however, its lyrical and romantic side will be linked with its ghostly and uncanny aspect. We will hear nocturnal music of all shapes and sizes, a veritable witches’ sabbath from Mozart and Beethoven to Mahler, and from Schoenberg’s ‘Transfigured Night’ to Mussorgsky’s ‘Night on Bald Mountain’. The lunar side of chamber music is given a weekend all its own.

The intimate and gentle genres of chamber music are frequently inspired by lunar imagery, by that ambivalent pleasure-pain kindled in us by moonlight. Romances, serenades, ‘Clair de lune’, ‘Kleine Nachtmusik’, moonlight serenades and the like: our artists have assembled a weekend of silvery, shimmering chamber music. Renaissance madrigals rub shoulders with virtuoso baroque recorder music, romantic horn calls and lieder with contemporary quartets and choral music.

Beethoven is today. Is now and always will be. That’s why the Beethovenfest will again open up to the present day – ‘his’ present day – by probing classical music’s sister arts. Whether ‘Fidelio‘ in miniature, ecstatic nocturnal visions or contemporary choreography inspired by poetry, surrealism and music – we love experiments. And as always, Beethoven will be with us as a paragon and guide.