This concert is part of the following series:
Basingstoke 2012/13 Season
The Choral Symphony is considered to be such a momentous achievement that some posthumous composers, fearing an inability to match the great work, developed a superstitious dread of completing their own ninth symphonies. A complex fusion of poetry and orchestral music, the piece consists of four diverse movements that seem to summarise the entirety of Beethoven’s compositional career. Its finale, incorporating the ‘Ode to Joy’ theme, is a rapturous proclamation of elation, epic in scale and indelibly imbedded into popular culture. This follows his Eighth Symphony - a work often disparagingly known as the “Little” Symphony - a light piece with a strain of humour apparent throughout. Formally, it is one of the composer’s most curious arrangements but it is a highly entertaining work, mischievous at times, exhibiting a brighter side of the composer’s personality.
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May 25 2013, 20:00 - Laieszhalle Hamburg
Salonen conducts Varèse and Stravinsky in Hamburg as part of the Philharmonia's European Tour.