BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
19 Jan 2020, St David's Hall, Cardiff
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BBC NOW 2019-20 Season Beethoven: The 1808 Concert

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Beethoven: The 1808 Concert
16:00 Sun 19 Jan 2020 St David's Hall, Cardiff
This unmissable performance will reconstruct the historic Beethoven Benefit Concert given in Vienna in December 1808.
This unmissable performance will reconstruct the historic Beethoven Benefit Concert given in Vienna in December 1808.

Programme

      • Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'
      • Aria 'Ah! perfido'
      • Mass in C major (Gloria)
      • Piano Concerto No 4 in G major
        • interval
        • Symphony No 5 in C minor
        • Mass in C major (Sanctus)
        • Piano Fantasia in G minor
        • Choral Fantasy

    Performers

    About This Event

    Over the course of four hours on a freezing night at the Theater an der Wien, Beethoven mounted what must be one of the most remarkable musical events ever. This wonderful retrospective brings a wealth of international talent to present some of Beethoven’s most iconic music; a marathon concert which included the premieres of his 5th and 6th symphonies, his 4th piano concerto and Choral Fantasy – this spectacular will be an event to remember.

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    Additional Activities

    Morning Event:
    11.30 – 1.50 Film Screening: In Search of Beethoven Lefel 1
    Phil Grabsky’s acclaimed 2017 documentary In Search of Beethoven delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and even more compelling. This event is free but ticketed.

    Pre-concert:
    3pm-3.45pm Discover More – Beethoven, Wine and the musical ideas behind the 1808 concert Lefel 1
    In a Discover More special, BBC NOW Discovery Guide, Jon James meets American wine and music expert, Ron Merlino, who investigates Beethoven’s close relationship with wine. Jon James then takes a look at the monumental 1808 concert in Vienna organised by Beethoven himself, and discusses the musical ideas that bind it together.

    Interval (6-7.30pm)
    6.15-6.45pm approx. Duelling Pianos with Zoe Rahman & David Rees Williams Level 3 Beethoven famously took part in improvisation duels. Here, we bring Beethoven themes right up-to-date through the art of piano improvisation – 21st century style.

    6.50 – 7.20pm approx. Noson Fawr Beethoven (Beethoven’s Big Night) St Asaph Room
    In this Welsh language talk, Geraint Lewis offers a light-hearted look at the 1808 concert.
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    Tickets: £15-£43

    Concessions, Student Tickets and Family Tickets available.

    BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812 (Monday-Friday).