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Irrepressible Energy

Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia continue their acclaimed Beethoven Symphony Cycle with Nos 7 and 8, and perform Gerald Barry's new Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power.

Composer-conductor Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia continue their acclaimed Beethoven Symphony Cycle with Nos. 7 and 8 and the London premiere of Gerald Barry's new Viola Concerto.

Irrepressible energy and humour frequently characterise the music of Beethoven and Gerald Barry, a combination which has often flummoxed audiences at the premieres of their works. Beethoven's Eighth Symphony is a case in point. A favourite of many composers (including its own) for its compact form, so tightly controlled yet bursting with ideas and fun, the Eighth Symphony bombed at its premiere beside the grandeur and near-relentless power of the seemingly greater Seventh. The premieres of Barry's works can perplex one moment and generate belly laughs the next, so listeners to the London premiere of Barry's Viola Concerto, beware!

Presented by Martin Handley, live at Barbican Hall.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Gerald Barry: Viola Concerto

8.30pm
Interval Music (from CD)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 'Serioso'
Hagen Quartet

8.50pm
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Lawrence Power (viola)
Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Adès (conductor)

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2 hours, 28 minutes

Last on

Tue 21 May 2019 19:30

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op.92

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
  • Gerald Barry

    Viola Concerto (broadcast premiere)

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 'Serioso'

    Performer: Hagen Quartett.
    • dg.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op.93

    Conductor: Thomas Adès.
  • Judith Weir

    Storm

    Choir: BBC Singers Women's Voices. Choir: Choristers of Temple Church. Ensemble: Endymion Ensemble. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Signum.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite

    Ensemble: Katia Labèque.
    • The Debussy Album.
    • Philips.
    • 4-7.

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