London Philharmonic Orchestra: Hymn to Joy
From the tragic opening to the climactic, world-embracing 'Ode to Joy', every live performance is a special occasion.
Regular guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach has assembled a team of outstanding young soloists to turn this one into a hymn to optimism and renewal – coupled with a freshly-minted work by the Orchestra's Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg. As Beethoven puts it, 'Here's a kiss for all the world': we can't imagine a more uplifting conclusion to the LPO's season.
Magnus Lindberg's Two Episodes is commissioned by BBC Radio 3, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Festival and Casa da Musica, Porto.
PerformersLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach conductor
Susanna Hurrell soprano
Justina Gringyte mezzo-soprano
David Butt Philip tenor
Jihoon Kim bass
London Philharmonic Choir
RepertoireMagnus Lindberg: Two Episodes
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (Choral)
need to know
There is no interval in this performance which ends at approximately 9pm
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert event. Beethoven was born into a world of transition and turmoil. Dr Benjamin Walton, Cambridge University, explores how this was reflected in his music. Admission free.