BBC SSO Beethoven Roots Festival
BBC SSO Beethoven Roots Festival

Beethoven 250th Anniversary Concerts

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Marking the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, here are some highlights of forthcoming performances:

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Roots Festival runs May to June and includes a cycle of all the Symphonies from Sunday 17 – Thursday 21st May. All tickets £9. The idea is to show how Beethoven was influenced by music around him and features many rarely-heard contemporaries. A pdf of the programme for the season can be found here.

BBC SSO Players Group with Thomas Dausgaard
BBC SSO Players Group with Thomas Dausgaard. Image: BBC & Sim Canetty Clarke

 

Scottish Ensemble‘s music-and-dance production Prelude – skydiving from a dream at SWG3, Glasgow with Andersson Dance on Thursday 14th May at 8pm culminates in Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue, among three rich pieces of music – Lutoslawski’s Preludes and the overwhelming precision of Bach’s Art of Fugue – that push at the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression, creating something entirely new, reframed to shed new light on the epic composition. Choreographed together, musicians move alongside dancers to create a palette of sight and sound that gleams with the grotesque and the glittering, the rational and the absurd.

Ludwig van Beethoven, Grosse Fugue, plus extracts from Johann Sebastian Bach, The Art of Fugue and Witold Lutos?awski, Preludes and Fugue for 13 Solo Strings. ‘You leave feeling as if you have gorged on the very stuff of life. Chaos, calm, disharmony, beauty, fear, connection, isolation – it’s all here, conveyed through music, movement or both.’

Scottish Ensemble. Image Louise Mather
Scottish Ensemble. Image Louise Mather

 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra is performing Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 8 & 9Symphony No 8 (26’) and Symphony No 9 ‘Choral’ (65’) on Thursday 14th May Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.30 and Friday 15th May Glasgow City Halls, 7.30pm

Completing their celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his bright and optimistic Eighth Symphony, followed by his ‘Choral’ Symphony, frequently dubbed the greatest piece of all time. ‘Emmanuel Krivine is quite simply one of today’s finest interpreters of Beethoven. His focus on every detail in the score, delivers exhilarating performances, and by the end of the Ninth you will want to stand up and shout for joy!‘ Emmanuel Krivine – Conductor, Aga Mikolaj – Soprano, Ingeborg Danz – Mezzo-Soprano, Maximilian Schmitt – Tenor, Krešimir Stražanac – Bass, SCO Chorus and Gregory Batsleer – Chorus Director

Emmanuel Krivine. Credit Julien Becker
Emmanuel Krivine. Image Julien Becker

 

See also RSNO’s Beethoven Revolution on Artmag.co.uk