Sunday 15 Mar 2020, 2pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Gerard McBurney creative director

Andreas Haefliger piano

Golda Schultz soprano

Clare Presland mezzo soprano

Stuart Jackson tenor

Ashley Riches baritone

Philharmonia Voices

Rodolfus Choir

Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Beethoven Concert aria, Ah! Perfido!

Beethoven Mass in C: Gloria

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4


Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Beethoven Sanctus' from Mass in C

Beethoven Fantasia in G minor, Op. 77

Beethoven Choral Fantasy


Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a new production recreating one of the most famous concerts in the history of classical music: Beethoven’s epic Vienna concert of December 1808.
Reaching towards heaven but constrained by reality: Beethoven’s ‘Akademie’ concert at Vienna’s Teater an der Wien, three days before Christmas 1808 was both a crowning triumph and plagued by mishaps.

Remarkably, three of Beethoven's masterpieces – the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, and the Fourth Piano Concerto – received their public premiere in this unique and extravagantly lengthy concert conducted by Beethoven himself. Other recent music considered important enough to be included were two movements from the Mass in C and the first performance of the Choral Fantasy in which the composer himself, as in the Concerto, was also the soloist. It was the great composer displaying to the Viennese public the full panoply of his genius – as composer, conductor, virtuoso pianist and improviser.

Yet, the event was at times farcical: the audience shivered in a cold auditorium; amateurs had to fill in gaps within the orchestra, and the Choral Fantasy was barely finished in time for the concert.

In a new production, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia bring this piece of music history to life on the stage of Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.



  • Prices: £72 (premium); £55; £46; £35; £26; £17
  • Discounts: Subscription discounts available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
  • Age guidance: Children aged 7 and over are welcome at all our concerts. To find concerts at Southbank Centre suitable for younger children, click here
  • Start time: Please note, the concert starts at 2pm
  • Running time: 255 minutes, including two intervals
  • Staging: Surtitles will be displayed
  • Please note: Choir stalls are not on sale
  • Before the concert: Insights Morning: Beethoven – Fiction and Reality, 12am - 12 noon, Level 5 Function Room; FREE MMSF Young Artists Recital, 1pm, The Clore Ballroom
  • After the concert: FREE Post-concert performance, 6.30pm, The Clore Ballroom

This concert is part of the Salonen Series series