Beethoven

As part of our 2019/20 London concert season, we celebrate Beethoven's 250th anniversary with some of his great masterpieces including his first six symphonies with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Vasily Petrenko, Dima Slobodeniouk, Omer Meir Wellber and Edward Gardner.

Osmo Vänskä conducts Beethoven's seminal Fourth Piano Concerto with pianist Jeremy Denk, while Robin Ticciati leads a starry Triple Concerto, with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili and Pablo Ferández. Mutter returns to perform the String Trio in an evening of chamber music with Principal members of the Orchestra, while Jurowski gives over a whole concert to Beethoven, including rare performances of Cantata for Emperor Joseph II and King Stephen Overture alongside Ah! Perfido for which he is joined for the first at Royal Festival Hall by soprano Lise Davidsen.

Beethoven Symphony No. 1 | 8 February 2020

Join us for the debut concert in our 2020 Vision festival, as Vladimir Jurowski celebrates Beethoven’s birthday the way he would have wanted: a conversation between the past, the present and the future of music - as well as Beethoven’s First Symphony, of course!

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Beethoven Symphony No. 2 | 19 February 2020

Beethoven and Sibelius’ Second Symphonies - arguably some of the 19th and 20th Centuries’ greatest symphonic triumphs - are accompanied by Petrenko and Josefowicz’s colourful performance of Knussen’s 2002 Violin Concerto.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' | 22 February 2020

A mainstay in any list of best symphonies, Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ threatens to overshadow any piece programmed with it. Widmann’s haunting Lied for Orchestra undoubtedly doesn’t allow that to happen, with Ravel’s escapist fantasy Shéhérazade completing the programme. Dima Slobodeniouk conducts.

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Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 | 28 February 2020

Revolutions need not be noisy. Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto may not start loud, presenting an enigma that Osmo Vänskä and Jeremy Denk relish in teasing an audience with. A concert of music that - as Beethoven once put it - comes from the heart and goes straight to the heart.

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Beethoven Triple Concerto | 11 March 2020

Anne-Sophie Mutter is joined by Khatia Buniatishvili and Pablo Ferrández for a world-class performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, before Mahler’s ‘Titan’ Symphony shakes Royal Festival Hall.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 4 | 25 March 2020

Harnessing the electrifying energy of two symphonies by Scriabin and Beethoven, Omer Meir Wellber is joined by cellist Johannes Moser for Saariaho’s ravishing Notes on Light.

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Beethoven Chamber Music | 26 March 2020

Anne-Sophie Mutter returns for her second concert of the season, framing the UK premiere of a new work by Jörg Widmann with Beethoven’s playful String Trio No. 1 and kaleidoscopic ‘Harp’ Quartet of 1809.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 5 | 28 March 2020

Harnessing the electrifying energy of two symphonies by Scriabin and Beethoven, Omer Meir Wellber is joined by cellist Johannes Moser for Saariaho’s ravishing Notes on Light.

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Beethoven Symphony No. 6 | 1 April 2020

A symphony whose storms, bird-calls and hymns conceal eternal truths behind serenity - Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony brings to a close a concert opened by the perennial question of existence in Ives’s The Unanswered Question and an Adès’s adaption of the Book of Genesis in a piano concerto.

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The undiscovered Beethoven | 4 April 2020

Truly Beethoven at his most radical and visionary, Jurowski conducts a selection of lesser-known works, including his Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II - a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment.

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