London Philharmonic Orchestra: The undiscovered Beethoven

London Philharmonic Orchestra: The undiscovered Beethoven

Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 19:30

The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, but to the young Beethoven, Emperor Joseph II was more than just a monarch. He was liberty’s champion; the herald of a new dawn. Unperformed in the composer’s lifetime, Beethoven’s Cantata is a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment, and a mirror to his heaven-storming Grosse Fuge – in Stravinsky’s words, ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’. This is Beethoven the radical, the visionary, the eternally young, and Vladimir Jurowski opens the evening with the jubilant King Stephen Overture.

Overture from König Stephan
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Grosse Fuge
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Ah, perfido, scene and aria, for soprano and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Cantata on the death of Emperor Joseph II
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)


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