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Beethoven: 1808 Reconstructed

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a recreation of one of the most famous concerts in the history of classical music.

The orchestra performs the programme of Beethoven’s epic Vienna concert of December 1808.

Reaching towards heaven but constrained by reality: Beethoven’s ‘Akademie’ concert at Vienna’s Teater an der Wien, three days before Christmas 1808, was both a crowning triumph and plagued by mishaps.

Remarkably, three of Beethoven's masterpieces – the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, and the Fourth Piano Concerto – received their public premiere in this unique and extravagantly lengthy concert conducted by Beethoven himself.

Other recent music considered important enough to be included were two movements from the Mass in C and the first performance of the Choral Fantasy in which the composer himself, as in the Concerto, was also the soloist.

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.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Andreas Haefliger piano
Golda Schultz soprano
Clare Presland mezzo-soprano
Stuart Jackson tenor
Ashley Riches baritone
Philharmonia Voices
Rodolfus Choir

Repertoire

Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral); Ah! perfido, Op.65; Gloria from Mass in C
Interval
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4; Symphony No.5; Sanctus from Mass in C; Benedictus from Mass in C; Fantasia in G minor for piano, Op.77; Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus & orchestra, Op.80

Dates & times

15 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 255 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£17 - £72
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

£17, £26, £35, £46, £55, £72

Multi-buy discount
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. This discount is not available on Premium seats or on the Philharmonia’s Christmas concerts on 12 and 15 December 2019.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
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.

Event information
This concert has two intervals, and finishes at approx. 6.15pm.

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