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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

2007: Beethoven's Fifth


Sadly this event has now been cancelled.

Sibelius Symphony No. 3
Dutilleux Le temps l’horloge 
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Edward Gardner conductor*
Sally Matthews soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sibelius’s Third Symphony takes shape amidst the swirling mists of the English Channel; Beethoven’s Fifth thunders into life with four notes that absolutely everyone can recognise. ‘Thus fate knocks at the door!’, Beethoven is said to have declared – but his best-known symphony is on a one-way race to glory, just as Sibelius’s, completed a century later in 1907, ends with a vision of a whole world drenched in sunlight. Edward Gardner conducts this latest illuminating pairing in our 2020 Vision project – and, looking back to 2007, accompanies soprano Sally Matthews in the late Henri Dutilleux’s beautiful meditation on transience and love.

Concert generously supported by Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet

* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael


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