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Beethoven Symphony Cycle - Symphonies 8 & 9

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Sun 13 Sep, 5.00pm

POSTPONED, KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne Festival, Switzerland

Tickets on sale Monday 23 March 2020

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

Lucy Crowe - soprano
Elizabeth DeShong - mezzo-soprano
Allan Clayton - tenor
Morris Robinson - bass

Programme
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ‘Choral’, Op. 125

Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s approach to Beethoven takes us to the raison d’être of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, 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”. 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.

In celebration of both the 30th anniversary of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the orchestra and John Eliot Gardiner perform all nine symphonies to audiences across Europe and the United States. The Monteverdi Choir join the ORR for performances of the 9th symphony, alongside a stellar troupe of soloists.