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Into the Light

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Concertgebouw: Main HallConcertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1071 LN, Netherlands
On Sunday 6 May 2018 at 11:00

It is in the Fifth Symphony that you truly encounter the genius of Beethoven through the musical manifestations of his intimate thoughts, his secret sorrows and his intensely concentrated rage. A sense of a power struggle between tonic minor and major is played out across the entire symphony in a kind of musical competition between the forces of darkness and the avenging nature of light but in the end goodness triumphs over even the darkest fate in Beethoven's world.

One of his earliest compositions for orchestra, the Second Piano Concerto reflects Beethoven’s mastery of Classical form and style. It is a youthful work, yet shows glimpses of the mature Beethoven, especially in his use of unexpected harmonies.

© Nick Rutter
© Nick Rutter
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