classical music

Sir Andrew Davis Conducts Beethoven Symphony No.9

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Epic. Glorious. Unmistakable. Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bach Choir, Beethoven's final symphony has to be heard live to be believed.

Under the baton of the celebrated conductor Sir Andrew Davis, the legendary composer’s final symphony, the work’s scale and ambition remains almost unchallenged in the Western canon.

With its unrelenting theme set to words by Schiller reaching a glorious climax in the finale, the symphony speaks to us of joyful community.

The concert opens with the bombastic, curtain-raising energy of the overture to Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio.

A tale of romance and heroism, the overture lays the scene for the protagonist’s endeavour to rescue her husband from wrongful imprisonment, with daring bravery in the bright fanfare.

Childlike playfulness, drama, tragedy and irony mix to create a unique conjunction of words and music in extracts from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

The work is an orchestral song collection based on a compendium of German poetry and folk songs that held a unique foothold in the German national consciousness.

Performers

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
soloists to be announced
The Bach Choir

Repertoire

Beethoven: Overture, Fidelio
Mahler: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Humoresken)
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (Choral) arr. Mahler

Dates & times

25 May 2021
Approximate run time: 155 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£10 - £50
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

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