Gardiner Conducts Beethoven Symphony Nos 2 And 3

May

12

Tuesday

Beethoven Symphony No 2
Symphony No 3, Eroica

Orchestre Rvolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Pre-concert talk
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.15pm, free to ticket-holders

If Beethovens Second Symphony is the sound of a young artist stretching his wings, the Third the Eroica is the moment when his genius takes flight.

Music still hasnt recovered from the aftershock; and with John Eliot Gardiners crack period-instrument orchestra, its more dangerous than ever. With its swaggering horns, monumental funeral march and unquenchable energy, the Eroica is the symphony, above all others, that lets the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique live up to its name.

Inspired by the ideals if not the political reality of the French Revolution, this is where music and politics collide, to explosive effect. The Second Symphony is positively playful by comparison, but be warned: this kitten has claws.

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