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Beethoven Symphony Nos 6 and 7

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Gardiner

John Edward Gardiner conducting on stage 2010

Birds sing, horns call and streams flow: there’s no experience more refreshing than Beethoven’s lovely Pastoral symphony. And there’s none more exuberantly physical than his unstoppable Seventh.

It’s a dream programme for such masters of orchestral colour as Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, whose vivid, earth-tones of period brass and woodwind instruments will bring Beethoven’s pastoral landscape to life.

And in the swashbuckling Seventh – the piece that made even Wagner jump up and dance – it’s all about the sheer thrill of playing and living on the edge. Beethoven said that he wanted to ‘intoxicate’ his listeners: this should put you well over the limit.

End-time to be announced nearer the event.

Pre-concert talk, 6.15pm

Free to ticket-holders

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