Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony


Beethoven 250

Sun 16 Feb 2020 7.00pm - 9.25pm
Barbican Hall, London

Berg Lulu – Suite
Beethoven Symphony No 9, ‘Choral’

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Iwona Sobotka soprano
Anna Stéphany mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Florian Boesch baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

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Soprano Iwona Sobotka takes centre-stage for a powerful account of Berg’s Lulu Suite in a programme also featuring Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

A haunting portrait of the darker aspects of human nature, Berg’s Suite condenses the story of his opera Lulu. In Paris, the fatally charming Lulu rises through society as a dancer and artists’ muse before travelling to London, where she meets her demise at the hands of Jack the Ripper.

Beethoven’s final symphony spans a journey from turmoil to transcendence, an inescapable classic not just because of its historical resonance, but because it sounds so terrifically good. In its closing moments, the traditional finale of a Classical symphony is supplanted by a musical miscellany. Reaching back to genres from across history, it culminates with a choral fantasia based on Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.


Part of Beethoven 250 at the Barbican

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