London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Beethoven Symphonies No 1 and No 9 ('Choral')

15 December 2011 / 19:30

£10 / 15 / 19.50 / 27 / 35

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Beethoven Symphony No 1
Beethoven Symphony No 9 (‘Choral’)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor
Rebecca Evans soprano
Wilke te Brummelstroete mezzo-soprano
Michael Spyres tenor
Vuyani Mlinde bass-baritone
Monteverdi Choir
London Symphony Orchestra

NB please note change of tenor from some earlier listings

Symphony No 1 shows Beethoven gaining musical independence from his symphonic predecessors, Haydn and Mozart. The famous ‘Ode to Joy’ lies in Symphony No 9, taken from a poem by German author Friedrich Schiller. Fellow composer Robert Schumann said of Beethoven’s first and last symphonies, ‘Do not seek to extract the unusual, go back to the roots of creation; demonstrate his genius not through his last symphony … you can do this just as well through his first’.

Artist Conversation: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Part of Centre for Orchestra
1.15pm, Fountain Room (level G)
Sir John Eliot Gardiner talks to LSO Principal Second Violin David Alberman ahead of his appearance conducting the LSO in the evening.
Free entry
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Pre-concert performance
Guildhall Artists at the Barbican
6–6.45pm, Barbican Hall
Free entry
Beethoven String Quartet Op 74 ('Harp') and String Quartet Op 95 performed by the Heath Quartet

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