Beethoven’s Vienna was a crossroads of Europe; a multinational metropolis teeming with new ideas. Innovation was in the air, and in this concert we hear how the “tick-tock” of the newly-invented metronome could double, for Beethoven, as a homage to his teacher Haydn. And how the birdsong, the folk dances and the fresh, rough-cut melodies that fill his lovely ‘Pastoral’ Symphony weren’t merely an inspiration to Beethoven alone. They were all around him: in the fields and woods around Vienna, across Germany in the delightful nature music of Justin Heinrich Knecht, and even right here in Scotland...
The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. All seating is unreserved.