Written at a turbulent time in the composer’s life, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is a brilliant example of the tragic yet otherworldly genius that has come to be associated with Beethoven’s music. Napoleonic wars, unrequited love, financial difficulties combine to create a melting pot for the work that resulted. Its highlight comes in the second movement – the Allegretto – where this unrest seems to pour out in a slow, dark, searingly beautiful form.
The premiere recording of Witold Lutosławski’s Fourth Symphony, the crowning achievement of the composer’s distinguished career, was conducted by the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen just three months before Lutosławski passed away. The performance marks just one of a series of Philharmonia concerts throughout 2013 that celebrate Lutosławski’s Centenary year, and which will see his music performed in London, Japan, Spain and the composer’s native Poland.
Feb 10 2013, 14:00 - Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space
Salonen conducts Stravinsky & Sibelius
Feb 09 2013, 19:00 - Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama
Salonen conducts Sibelius