- Stabat Mater
- Symphony No. 9 (Choral)
- Jacek Kaspszyk
- Wioletta Chodowicz
- Hannah Pedley
- Andrew Rees
- Paul Carey-Jones
Founded in 1901, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Poland’s oldest musical institutions and continues to attract outstanding soloists and conductors from all over the world. Tonight they are led by music and artistic director Jacek Kaspszyk to perform two major choral works, including the first performance at Cadogan Hall of Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony.
The orchestra begins the evening with Szymanowski’s deeply personal work, his Stabat Mater. This is followed by Beethoven’s final symphony, which sees Friedrich von Schiller’s poem Ode to Joy set to music and sung by a large, full chorus in the final movement. Symphony No. 9 premiered in 1824 and broke many patterns of the Classical style of Western music, one of which was its inclusion of a chorus in a genre that was understood to be exclusively instrumental.
The uplifting composition, which many consider Beethoven’s greatest work, has been used as a symbol of peace worldwide. The symphony holds emotional significance; by the time Beethoven had started working on this composition, he was already completely deaf.
Part of the Zurich International Orchestra Series 2014-15
From 6.30pm: Pre-concert foyer music by RCM students
The Dolce Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet in D, Op. 18 No. 3