Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Benjamin Zander conductor

Mei Yi Foo piano

Rebecca Evans soprano

Patricia Bardon mezzo soprano

Robert Murray tenor

Derek Welton bass baritone

Philharmonia Chorus choir

Beethoven Overture, Coriolan

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

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Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Choral

Beethoven’s stormy Third Piano Concerto is preceded by his fateful Coriolan Overture, telling the tale of the doomed general Gaius Marcius Coriolanus as his army marches for Rome. In the Ninth Symphony, choir and orchestra join forces for Beethoven’s ultimate journey from darkness to light; the Ode to Joy in the fourth movement arguably the most spectacular celebration of human spirit in musical history. 

6pm, pre-concert talk
Royal Festival Hall; free entry.

Why don't we hear Beethoven's 9th the way he intended it to be played? Benjamin Zander explores the difference between tonight’s performance and the Beethoven 9th we thought we knew - and how we can detect what Beethoven intended in terms of tempo, character and dynamics.

This concert is presented by Raymond Gubbay Ltd.