Beethoven’s final symphony is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of human creativity.
Beethoven stretches the scale and structure of the symphonic form further than anyone had dared before him. And in the final movement he breaks the boundaries of the orchestra itself, invoking the human voice to share his message of brotherhood. His setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy has become an anthem for freedom and fellowship around the world. Hearing it live is still an exhilarating experience, almost 200 years after its triumphant premiere.
To pave the way for this musical icon, Jakub Hrůša has chosen a symphony composed by his compatriot Voříšek just a few years before Beethoven’s. Voříšek moved to Vienna from his Bohemian home (now in the Czech Republic) with the express hope of meeting Beethoven and establishing himself as a composer. He succeeded in both, and became firm friends with Schubert too. His only symphony is full of melodic invention and contrasts of mood.
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Prices & Discounts
£13 – £65
Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)
2h 10 minutes, including a 20 minute interval
Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.
Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm