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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra

Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony

Repertoire

Szymanowski
Stabat Mater
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

Performers

Jacek Kaspszyk
conductor
Wioletta Chodowicz
soprano
Hannah Pedley
mezzo-soprano
Andrew Rees
tenor
Paul Carey-Jones
baritone

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.

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