It was the great composer displaying to the Viennese public the full panoply of his genius – as composer, conductor, virtuoso pianist and improviser.
Yet, the event was at times farcical: the audience shivered in a cold auditorium; amateurs had to fill in gaps within the orchestra, and the Choral Fantasy was barely finished in time for the concert.
In a new production, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia brings this piece of music history to life on the stage of Royal Festival Hall.
RepertoireBeethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral); Ah! perfido, Op.65; Gloria from Mass in C
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (12 & 15 December 2019) and The English Patient (5 June 2020). Not available on Premium seats.
This concert has two intervals, and finishes at approx. 6.15pm.
Royal Festival Hall at 10am:
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