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.
Stephen Fry, renowned actor, writer and presenter, adds hilarious, vivid descriptions of the original concert, taken from the letters, reviews and diaries of those who were there.
RepertoireBeethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral); Ah! perfido, Op.65; Gloria from Mass in C; Piano Concerto No.4
* Please note change of artist from originally advertised.
This concert has one 30 minute interval, and finishes at approx. 6.15pm.
Royal Festival Hall at 10am (with pre-event film screening from 9.30am):
Insights: Beethoven – Fiction and Reality
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