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
Interval Music (from CD)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 'Serioso'
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Lawrence Power (viola)
Thomas Adès (conductor)