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Beethoven's Choral Symphony with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé

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Theatre Royal and Royal Concert HallTheatre Square, Nottingham, Nottingham, East Midlands, NG1 5ND, United Kingdom
On Saturday 29 February 2020 at 19:30

Our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary begin with this
concert featuring his epic final symphony. Beethoven’s Ninth revisits the
revolutionary impulses of his Third and Fifth symphonies but its journey from
darkness to light travels through more daunting terrain. It concludes
unforgettably with a heaven-storming finale that adds a chorus and four
soloists to proclaim its message of hope and friendship. The audacity of its
ambition and its vocal writing not only ensured its immediate success but also
set a course for several later composers. Over a century later, Sergei
Prokofiev was also looking to reinvent the symphony but in the case of his
Seventh, he sought a simpler, more direct style. This was partly driven by his
intention to write for the USSR Children’s Radio Division, but also helped him
to avoid being censured for the “decadent formalism” of his more experimental
works. Whatever the impulse, the Seventh is full of verve and wit, and bathed
in Prokofiev’s long-breathed melodies.

Pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium:
Katy Hamilton on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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