Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony paved the way for Romanticism with its grandiose gestures, emerging themes and previously unparalleled scale. This is the work that rethought the classical symphonic structure, with unexpected recapitulations, and an unprecedented depth of emotion in the second movement, and it is clear to see why many consider this the greatest symphony ever composed.
Before this is the Violin Concerto by Unsuk Chin, new Artistic Director of the Music of Today series: the work won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2004 and was described the judging committee as “a synthesis of glittering orchestration, rarefied sonorities, volatility of expression, musical puzzles and unexpected turns”.
More concerts at Royal Festival Hall:
May 22 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Sir Andrew Davis celebrates Wagner's bicentenary, conducting excerpts from Die Meistersinger and Die Walküre
May 30 2013, 19:30 - Royal Festival Hall
Esa-Pekka conducts The Rite of Spring in its centenary performance alongside Debussy's Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune and Varèse's Amériques