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Beethoven Symphonies Nos 4 and 5

Britten Sinfonia/Adès

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Thomas Adès conducts Beethoven’s ever-popular fifth symphony alongside the poignant fourth and Gerald Barry’s Piano Concerto.

Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia’s journey through Beethoven’s Symphonies reaches the half-way point with the perennially popular, vivacious Symphony No 5 and the subdued, poignant Symphony No 4. In this performance, Adès and the orchestra interpret and illuminate these two monuments of the orchestral repertoire alongside the inventive music of Irish composer Gerald Barry. The concert features the London premiere of Barry’s Piano Concerto written specially for, and performed by Nicolas Hodges.


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Watch: conductor Thomas Adès on Beethoven

Thomas Adès discusses how he's approaching Beethoven's symphonies and why he's paired them with the music of Irish composer and Beethoven devotee, Gerald Barry.

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Watch: David Butcher reflects on Year One

Britten Sinfonia Chief Executive, David Butcher, reflects on year one of the Beethoven Symphony Cycle conducted by Thomas Adès and looks forward to what's to come.

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Watch: Britten Sinfonia 2017–18 season trailer

A short film highlighting some of Britten Sinfonia's 2017-18 projects and collaborations, which also marks the orchestra's 25th birthday.

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