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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

2011: Storming the heavens


Julian Anderson The Discovery of Heaven
Nielsen Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

John Storgårds conductor
Simone Lamsma violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra

In 1811, Beethoven conceived a symphony without precedent. ‘He’s ripe for the madhouse’, declared one contemporary, but in Beethoven’s bicentenary year, the Seventh Symphony burns with undimmed popularity and power. As part of 2020 Vision, John Storgårds has followed its influence down those two centuries, and paired it with two works of maverick genius. Simone Lamsma plays Nielsen’s Violin Concerto of 1911 – a bracing counterblast to romantic clichés, composed under clear northern skies. And Julian Anderson collides Japanese court music, street sounds and echoes of Janáček in the extraordinary Discovery of Heaven, specially written for the LPO in 2011.

In collaboration with Scala Radio
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