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Dresden Philharmonic

Beethoven's Choral Symphony

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Beethoven
Symphony No. 1
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

Performers

Michael Sanderling
conductor
Elin Pritchard
soprano
Samantha Price
mezzo-soprano
Alexander James Edwards
tenor
Thomas Faulkner
bass
  • Cardiff Ardwyn Singers
  • Cardiff Polyphonic Choir

Conductor Michael Sanderling has headed Dresden’s venerable 145 year old Philharmonic since 2011 and has a unique rapport with the orchestra. They return to Cadogan Hall to perform Beethoven’s first and last completed symphonies.

It seems fitting that Beethoven composed his First Symphony at the dawn of a new century, 1799-1800, for even contemporaries realised that his symphonies changed the conception of the genre. Beethoven’s First Symphony came at age 29. It appeared late in what scholars define as the first period of Beethoven’s career, just a year or two before the crisis brought about by his gradual loss of hearing.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was completed in 1824, when he was almost completely deaf and it is almost universally considered one of Beethoven’s greatest works, and many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon.

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2016‑17

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