Thursday 24 Oct 2013, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Juraj Valčuha conductor
Sunwook Kim piano
Cherubini Overture, Medea
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Wagner referred to Beethoven’s Seventh as the ‘apotheosis of the dance’, noting that rhythm is the music’s prime motivating force. Throughout the symphony, Beethoven takes a small rhythmic idea and runs with it over and over as if mesmerized by the intoxicating power of its repetition, climaxing in a final coda of overwhelming joy and excitement. Tonight, music by Beethoven is paired with an operatic overture by the contemporary composer he most admired, Luigi Cherubini.