12 Feb 2020

Beethoven 250 Symphony Cycle begins in Barcelona

The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and John Eliot Gardiner kicked off our landmark tour of Beethoven’s complete symphonies this week as they began the first of five complete Beethoven symphony cycles at Barcelona’s modernista Palau de la Música Catalana. The tour celebrates both the Beethoven 250 anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the founding of the ORR, which was first formed in 1989 for a performance of the composer’s Missa solemnis.

The first concerts in the cycle have been warmly received by the Spanish press, with El País hailing them as “pure musical joy” and El Periodico wrote that “listening to Father Beethoven according to historicist criteria and on period instruments makes all the difference” (click here to read more).

The first cycle comes to an end on 14 February as Gardiner and the ORR are joined by the Monteverdi Choir and the Orféo Català as well as soloists Lucy Crowe, Jess Dandy, Ed Lyon and Tareq Nazmi for Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.9. The tour continues in the US with cycles at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Harris Theater before concluding in Europe in London and Greece. Click here for more information about the tour.

Lucy Crowe, John Eliot Gardiner & the ORR - credit Antoni Bofill
John Eliot Gardiner & the ORR with soprano Lucy Crowe - all images credit Antoni Bofill