Beethoven Symphony Cycle

Britten Sinfonia/Adès

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A thrilling Viola Concerto featuring one of today’s foremost violists, Lawrence Power, plus a short but inventive symphony all brought together with a jubilant and joyous close.

Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia continue their journey through Beethoven’s symphonies with the brief and brilliantly inventive Symphony No 7 and the jubilant Eighth. Irish composer (and Beethoven devotee) Gerald Barry draws on melodies that he loves in Dead March, then allows them to behave as if ‘everything is possible’. The work provides a breathless centrepiece to the concert.

The performance is expected to finish around 9.30pm, including a 20 minute interval.


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