Ades conducts Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 6)

Saffron Walden London
20 – 24 May 2018

Gerald Barry

Conquest of Ireland


Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op.68 (Pastoral)


Beethoven takes inspiration from nature, allowing his imagination to range vividly across the Austrian countryside in his thrilling, intricate “Pastoral” symphony.  For Thomas Adès, Gerald Barry’s ‘ferociously objective’ music is a natural partner for Beethoven. In this concert, the 6th is juxtaposed with Barry’s passionate The Conquest of Ireland for orchestra and bass, based on a 12th century account of Henry II’s military conquest of Ireland.

Download the programme notes for free here.

Find out more about the Beethoven Symphony Cycle here.

The performance in London will be recorded for broadcast on 14 June by BBC Radio 3.

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