Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle VIII

Sunday, 13 December 2020 - 19:30


Sheldonian Theatre

About the event

Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, ‘Choral Fantasy’
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, ‘Choral’

Claire Rutter soprano
Angela Simkin mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
David Shipley bass
Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn
Paul Krämer chorus master
Marios Papadopoulos piano/conductor

Concert introduced by John Suchet

Beethoven’s ninth still sounds palpably off-the-leash despite the two centuries of musical evolution that have passed since its first performance in 1824. This most iconic of symphonies is still riddled with contradictions – part model of classical form, part complete rule-breaker; a dark, deranged romp and an inspiring journey to triumph. Marios Papadopoulos conducts it here, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra joined by singers from Beethoven’s home town of Bonn, after the very work that smoothened its way: the unique hybrid of symphony, concerto and choral work that is the ‘Choral Fantasy’.

The concert is scheduled to end at approximately 21.50

Supported by Geoffrey & Caroline de Jager

Tickets: £60 £40 £30 £20

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