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Tragedy and Triumph
JÖRG WIDMANN Con brio
SIBELIUS (ORCH. RAUTAVAARA) In the Stream of Life
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
Edward Gardner conductor*
Gerald Finley bass-baritone
Four notes that changed the world. That unforgettable opening thunderclap is just the start of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: a musical drama of Fate versus genius and triumph out of tragedy, told in music of such uncompromising honesty that even today it can still shock – and inspire – like few other masterpieces. It’s an explosive return to the concert hall for the LPO, under Principal Conductor Designate Edward Gardner. And because Beethoven thrives on the unexpected, we’re setting the scene with two captivating discoveries: Jörg Widmann’s supercharged homage to Beethoven, and a welcome return from the great Gerald Finley in a windswept song-cycle by Sibelius.
* position supported by Mrs Christina Lang Assael
This concert will be filmed live at the Royal Festival Hall by Silent Studios and will be broadcast online by our streaming partner Marquee TV. The concert will premiere at 8pm on Wednesday 30 September and will be available for you to enjoy at home free of charge for an initial 7-day period.