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BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, alongside a world premiere of a new piece by NOW Composer in Residence Huw Watkins.

Live from St David's Hall, Cardiff

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Huw Watkins: Spring (world premiere)

8.00: Interval

Beethoven: Symphony No 9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Clara Mouriz, mezzo
Allan Clayton, tenor
Matthew Rose, bass
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor

Beethoven's symphonic cycle ends with nothing less than a mighty rallying call to all humanity. Its daring and at times outlandish writing has sparked debate ever since its premiere in 1824. Despite that, who can fail to be swept up by his Ode to Joy and vision of arcadia?

Finding the right partner piece for the ninth is always a challenge. Huw Watkins, described as 'one of the most rounded composer-musicians in the UK' (Financial Times) and BBC NOW's composer-in-residence, steps boldly into the breach.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Huw Watkins

    Spring

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Variations Concertantes, Op 17

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Performer: Huw Watkins.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Der Abend, Op.64 No.2

    Performer: Mary Bevan. Performer: Clara Mouriz.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125

    Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: BBC National Chorus of Wales.
  • Alun Hoddinott

    Scena for string orchestra, Op.119

    Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
  • Samuel Barber

    3 Songs Op.10

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Ashley Riches.
  • Samuel Barber

    Solitary hotel from Despite and still Op.41

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Ashley Riches.
  • Samuel Barber

    Sure on this shining night

    Performer: Simon Lepper. Singer: Ashley Riches.

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