Beethoven 250 - Symphony Cycle

​In celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year and the 30th anniversary of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the ORR and John Eliot Gardiner will perform the composer’s complete symphony cycle in 2020.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s approach to Beethoven takes us to the raison d’être of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), transporting us to the time when Ludwig van Beethoven thrust his extraordinarily original music in front of his audience. The orchestra’s recordings of the symphonies have been described (by Gramophone Magazine) as a “tour de force… played at white heat”, “glorious” and “magnificent”.

The 2020 performances will give audiences the chance to experience the full cycle of symphonies alongside lesser known works by Beethoven: the concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’, excerpts from his only full-length ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus, and excerpts from Leonore, the original version of his opera Fidelio. These works express Beethoven’s belief that love, faith and personal courage can overcome political or personal adversity – a message which now seems as urgent as ever.

This celebration of the great composer will take the ORR on a momentous worldwide tour, performing all nine symphonies to audiences across Europe and the United States. The Monteverdi Choir will join the ORR and John Eliot Gardiner for performances of the 9th symphony, alongside a stellar troupe of soloists: Lucy Crowe (soprano), Jess Dandy (contralto), Ed Lyon (tenor) and Tareq Nazmi (bass).


Tour dates

Palau de la Música, Barcelona

Sunday 9 February at 7.30pm Symphony No. 1, Prometheus excerpts, Leonore excerpts, ‘Ah! Perfido’ scene and aria
Monday 10 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 2 & 3
Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 4 & 5
Thursday 13 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 6 & 7
Friday 14 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 8 & 9


Carnegie Hall, New York

Wednesday 19 February at 8.00pm Symphony No. 1, Prometheus excerpts, Leonore excerpts, ‘Ah! Perfido’ scene and aria
Thursday 20 February at 8.00pm Symphonies 2 & 3
Friday 21 February at 8.00pm Symphonies 4 & 5
Sunday 23 February at 2.00pm Symphonies 6 & 7
Monday 24 February at 8.00pm Symphonies 8 & 9

Further performances to be announced in due course.

Harris Theater, Chicago

Thursday 27 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 8 & 9
Friday 28 February at 7.30pm Symphony No. 1, Prometheus excerpts, Leonore excerpts, ‘Ah! Perfido’ scene and aria
Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm Symphonies 2 & 3
Monday 2 March at 7.30pm Symphonies 4 & 5
Tuesday 3 March at 7.30pm Symphonies 6 & 7


The Barbican, London

Monday 11 May at 7.30pm
Symphony No. 1, Prometheus excerpts, Leonore excerpts, ‘Ah! Perfido’ scene and aria
Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm Symphonies 2 & 3
Thursday 14 May at 7.30pm Symphonies 4 & 5
Friday 15 May at 7.30pm
Symphonies 6 & 7
Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm Symphonies 8 & 9