Adès, Barry, Beethoven

30 May 2017 / 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall

Volatile substances: Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia mix the music of Beethoven and Gerald Barry with explosive consequences.

Ludwig van Beethoven was music’s ultimate revolutionary whilst Gerald Barry smashes every rule of new music. For Thomas Adès, they’re ‘volcanic’, ‘galvanising’ creative spirits: when he takes to the piano with Britten Sinfonia, the results will be chamber music in size only.

It should be an electrifying upbeat to Adès’s forthcoming Barry and Beethoven cycle with Britten Sinfonia – an ensemble for whom there’s no such thing as an established interpretation, who take a new perspective on everything they play. Adès brings a composer’s insight. 'We haven’t got to the end of what Beethoven has to say to us,’ he says.

Programme & Performers

Beethoven Septet
Gerald Barry Five Chorales from The Intelligence Park
Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat Op 70, No 2

Thomas Adès and Gerald Barry piano
Members of Britten Sinfonia

Please note: Gerald Barry's Low has been replaced with Five Chorales from The Intelligence Park, and the composer will now join Thomas Adès at the piano for this piece.

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Fri 2 Jun
Thomas Adès Beethoven Symphony Cycle

Tue 6 Jun
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