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    Benedetti Plays Beethoven

    Mon 30 Nov 2020, 7.30pm
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    Classical music
    past event
    Nicola Benedetti, violinist
    Luca Migliore

    For the composer’s 250th anniversary year, the Philharmonia Orchestra plays an all-Beethoven concert in this livestreamed performance.

    It seemed fitting that the Philharmonia’s return to the Royal Festival Hall should feature Beethoven.

    Beethoven's Second Symphony is an inspiring example of art created in adversity.
    In despair at his increasing deafness, Beethoven somehow found the inner strength to write some of his most joyful music.

    The symphony bursts with optimism and vitality, and features one of the most tender and serene slow movements of the composer’s career. Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto, composed a few years later, grabs our attention with five pianissimo kettledrum strokes, and doesn’t let it go.

    The violin, never showy, sings expressively through the first movement, seems to dream its way through the second, and skips and dances through the ebullient third.

    Pekka Kuusisto, already a favourite with Philharmonia players and audiences as a violinist, takes up the baton. He is joined by Nicola Benedetti, an equally engaging performer and one of today’s foremost exponents of Beethoven's masterpiece.

    This event is live-streamed exclusively for the Southbank Centre.

    • Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Pekka Kuusisto conductor *
    • Nicola Benedetti violin
    • John Suchet presenter
    • Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Symphony No.2

    Need to know

    This concert is live-streamed. Streaming is provided by TicketCo on behalf of the Southbank Centre.

    Please ensure that you have access to a stable WiFi network in order to watch the event.

    * Please note change of conductor from originally advertised.


    Mon 30 Nov 2020, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    Southbank Centre Members presale offer: £10

    Standard ticket: £12

    Standard plus: £20* 

    *You can opt to pay a bit more than the standard price to support the Philharmonia as it recovers from the Covid-19 shutdown.

    If you’re in the UK, you can buy tickets by selecting ‘book now’. If you’re outside the UK, you can stream this event using IDAGIO


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