Beethoven + Sibelius

Fate

No Beethoven anniversary would be complete without his Symphony No. 5 – The Symphony of Fate. During this evening’s concert, you will also hear the Moonlight Sonata and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5.

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A full 250 years after the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, his music is still very much alive. Much like the painting Scream by Munch in the art world, the theme of Beethoven’s fifth symphony is familiar to everyone, regardless of musical taste. We are looking forward to performing one of the real classics in music history.

We are looking very forward to hearing our relatively newly appointed pianist Yegor Shevtsov play Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Quasi una fantasia – popularly called the Moonlight Sonata.

Our Chief Conductor Christian Kluxen has also chosen to play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 tonight along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Sibelius premiered it – and conducted it himself – on his 50th birthday.

As fate would have it, this work was played on Finnish radio at the very moment when the composer passed away on 20 September 1957 at the age of 91.

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