Wagner referred to Beethoven's Seventh as the 'apotheosis of the dance', noting that rhythm is the music's prime motivating force. Time and time again throughout the symphony, Beethoven takes a small rhythmic idea and runs with it over and over as if mesmerised by the intoxiating power of its repetition, climaxing in a final coda of overwhelming joy and excitement. In this concert, music by Beethoven is paired with an operatic overture by the contemporary composer that he most admired, Luigi Cherubini.
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall