Chevaux de frise
Symphony No.3 in E flat major (Eroica)
“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.
The symphony that changed everything and kick-started the Romantic period in music is the focus of this second concert in the Beethoven cycle. Conducting Britten Sinfonia, Adès pairs the Eroica with Gerald Barry’s fearsome and fearless orchestral masterpiece, Chevaux de Frise.
Download the programme notes for this concert here
Find out more about the Beethoven Symphony Cycle here.
"Britten Sinfonia were positively dancing, and their needlepoint precision at some truly astonishing speeds generated an energy that built like static electricity..."Read More
"Adès clearly has a vision for the "Eroica", based on a strong rhythmic profile for each of the motifs and cleanly defined contrasts between sections."Read More
"This was fine Beethoven from a conductor who certainly knows how to make things sound shocking and new, and the remainder of the cycle in the next two seasons will be well worth hearing."Read More
"This is music that accepts no resistance as it bludgeons you into submission."Read More