Britten Sinfonia - Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No. 9)

Norwich London
25 – 26 May 2019

Gerald Barry

The Eternal Recurrence


Symphony No. 9 (choral)

Thomas Adès conducting Britten Sinfonia © Chris Christodolou


Britten Sinfonia’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle, conducted by Thomas Adès, concludes with Beethoven’s mighty ‘choral’ symphony and Gerald Barry’s feverish The Eternal Recurrence.

Beethoven’s extraordinary Ninth Symphony is regarded by many as the finest of all symphonies, and its message of humanity, perhaps most famously encapsulated in the symphony’s Ode to Joy chorus, continues to resonate today (not least, as the anthem for the European Union). Here, Beethoven’s masterful celebration of the human race is paired with Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence, a brilliant, feverish setting of texts from Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Also sprach Zarathustra.

Read the programme notes for free here.

Find out more about the Beethoven Symphony Cycle here

In Conversation – 6.30pm, Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall
Britten Sinfonia musicians discuss tonight’s programme.


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