Pekka Kuusisto – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin
John Suchet – presenter
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 2
In Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, it seems fitting that the Philharmonia’s return to the Royal Festival Hall should feature an all-Beethoven concert. Beethoven’s Second Symphony is an inspiring example of art created in adversity. In despair at his increasing deafness, Beethoven somehow found the inner strength to write some of his most joyful music, bursting with optimism and vitality, and one of the most tender and serene slow movements of his career.
Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto, composed a few years later, grabs our attention with five pianissimo kettledrum strokes, and doesn’t let it go. The violin, never showy, sings expressively through the first movement, seems to dream its way through the second, and skips and dances through the ebullient third.
Pekka Kuusisto, already a favourite with Philharmonia players and audiences as a violinist, takes up the baton. He is joined by Nicola Benedetti , an equally engaging performer and one of today’s foremost exponents of Beethoven’s masterpiece.
Need to know
Prices & Discounts
£9 – £20
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Read the full programme notes here
Where to watch
For audiences in the UK, tickets are available via TicketCo. Your confirmation email will provide you a unique link to watch the stream. Please note that you can only watch this stream in the UK
For audiences outside the UK, the concert will be streamed live on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall platform
Is this a live performance?
Yes. The stream is completely live
Will it be available after broadcast?
Yes. The performance will be available for video on demand after broadcast. Look out for ‘Video on demand’ listings on the Philharmonia ‘What’s On’ page
Was it produced safely?
Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice
Change of artist
This concert was originally advertised with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado