Valčuha conducts Beethoven

Thursday 24 Oct 2013, 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, London


Juraj Valčuha conductor

Sunwook Kim piano

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.

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