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Beethoven Symphony Nos 8 and 9

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/Gardiner

John Edward Gardiner conducting

Beethoven’s Ninth is the summit of any Beethoven cycle; some might say of classical music itself. All the more reason to pair it with the uproarious Eighth – pure comedy, delivered with a punch.

Combine Gardiner’s lifetime of experience with players who understand this music from the inside out, and there’s infinitely more to the Ninth symphony than simple optimism. There’s never been a better time to rediscover it. ‘I feel that Beethoven is one of the very first composers who speaks to us as a human being’ says Eliot Gardiner. ‘He lets the mask drop and allows us to see right into his soul.’

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