Presented by Louise Fryer
Live from the Barbican Hall
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra is conducted by its Music Director Riccardo Chailly in two of Beethoven's Symphonies, the 1st and the 7th. They begin their concert with a recent work which uses Beethoven's 1st as its jumping-off point - 'Bann. Bewegung mit Beethovens Erster' by Steffen Schleiermacher.
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has been playing Beethoven's symphonies since the time that the ink was wet on the manuscript - the orchestra, the oldest in the world, can trace its history back to the middle of the 18th-century. Now they bring their recent Beethoven project to London's Barbican - performances of his symphonies preceded by recent works which take the music of Beethoven as their inspiration. Steffen Schleiermacher, now in his early 50's, was born in a town not too far from Leipzig (Halle, Handel's birthplace) and is a noted pianist and conductor as well as a composer who intriguingly combines the traditional and the modern.
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A Major
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).