Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 1 & 2) - Britten Sinfonia

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 1 & 2)

Norwich Saffron Walden London
26 – 02 Jun 2017

Gerald Barry



Symphony No. 1 in C major


Symphony No. 2 in D major


Thomas Adès


Mark Stone



“Adès makes you hear things with which you thought you were familiar as if they were completely new” wrote the Guardian’s Tom Service and in this Beethoven Symphony Cycle, the enthralling composer and conductor Thomas Adès is sure to shed new light on these monuments of orchestral repertoire. Over the course of three years Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès will perform all nine Beethoven symphonies, partnering these masterworks with the audacious and sometimes explosive music of the wonderfully idiosyncratic Irish composer, Gerald Barry.

In the opening concert of this three-year project, we hear Beethoven’s witty first symphony paired with the virtuosic second. These are complemented by Gerald Barry’s powerful setting of Beethoven’s love letter to his ‘immortal beloved’.

Find out more about the Beethoven Symphony Cycle here.

Download the programme notes for this concert here.

Saffron Hall & Norwich Pre-Concert Talk, 6.30pm: Mark Stone discusses Gerald Barry’s Beethoven.

The Norwich performance is part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017.


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