Beethoven: The Glorious Moment

City of London Choir

27 February 2010 / 19:30

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Beethoven Choral fantasy in C minor
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5 in E-flat major 'Emperor'
Beethoven Der Glorreiche Augenblick ("The Glorious Moment")

City of London Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton conductor
Leon McCawley piano
Claire Rutter soprano
Matilde Wallevik mezzo-soprano
Paul Nilon tenor
Stephen Gadd baritone
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Boys' Choir of Westminster Under School

Der Glorreiche Augenblick
, Beethoven's 'Peace Cantata', is a unique work - an intensely uplifting celebration after years of the brutal Napoleonic Wars. Beethoven loved the work, a very personal utterance which contains much exhilarating music. Too long neglected, it is here paired with the composer's best known piano concerto, giving a rare and fascinating chance to compare the two works. The joyful tone is set by the Choral Fantasy, anticipating the well-known theme of the 9th Symphony.

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