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Half Six Fix: Beethoven's Choral Symphony

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Barbican HallSilk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 12 February 2020 at 18:30
Iwona SobotkaSoprano
Anna StéphanyMezzo-soprano
Robert MurrayTenor
Florian BoeschBaritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon HalseyChoirmaster / chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon RattleConductor

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Beethoven’s final symphonic epic in this early-evening Half Six Fix concert, introduced on-stage by the conductor.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is the culmination of a life’s work, but it also contests everything he’d written before. Following a furious opening a stirring slow movement, the Ninth’s finale explodes into a remarkable mingling of musical styles, featuring operatic recitative, two fugues and a fantasia with choir and soloists singing the words of Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.

The Ninth proved a tough act to follow for generations of composers to come, but it’s a piece that burst open the doors on a radical future for the symphony.

This concert is part of Half Six Fix, a different way to experience the LSO, with an introduction to the music from Sir Simon Rattle, and digital programme notes on your phone or device. Grab a drink, take your seat and enjoy the music.

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