Manfred Honeck conducts Beethoven at his most relaxed, alongside Strauss’ valiant, heroic journey.
Warmth and serenity radiate from Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, the composer’s most lyrical orchestral work and one of the true greats of the violin repertoire. The piece is known for its virtuosity and grace, and for its best-loved movement, the finale, in which a lively and demanding solo part is balanced with a rich accompaniment, bringing the piece to a charming end.
We turn from Beethoven to a work inspired by him. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) was written in part as a response to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony. A quasi-autobiographical work, the piece contains over 30 quotations of Strauss’ greatest hits. Each richly romantic movement introduces a different aspect of the hero, from his cruel adversaries, to his beloved companion, dramatic moments of battle, works of peace and ultimate retirement from the world.
Duration to be confirmed closer to the event. It includes a 20 minute interval.
Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican
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LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Free pre-concert recital
The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.