Beethoven Series 2012

This year Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia undertook a Beethoven symphonic series, an exploration of some of the cornerstones of the orchestral repertoire that traveled from London across Europe, culminating in a complete symphony cycle at the Bonn Beethovenfest in October 2012. Philharmonia violists Sam Burstin and Gijs Kramers take us behind the scenes.

5 March 2012

Gijs Kramers writes: Right, we just got to Bupapest. Glorious day here, nice and crisp which is just what we need since this moring the alarm clock went off at 5.15. Ouch! Yesterday we rehearsed Beethoven's Eroica symphony and Pohjola's Daughter, a great piece by Sibelius about a Finnish guy who has to fulfill an arduous assignment in order to get closer to an unbelievably beautiful woman...

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2 March 2012

Sam Burstin writes: Hello! We're Sam Burstin and Gijs Kramers from the viola section - welcome to the Philharmonia's new Beethoven Blog! We've been given the honour of describing the magnificent journey the orchestra is embarking on through the works of arguably the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven. Our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen...

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