Hear all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies in one weekend, introduced by Beethoven specialist and broadcaster John Suchet and performed by brilliant orchestras from across the UK. The weekend kicks off with our performance the First and Third of Symphonies, with tickets available by individual concert, for a whole day or the entire weekend for this once in a lifetime event.
It seems fitting that Beethoven composed his First Symphony at the dawn of a new century. Despite its homages to the older generation, it is very much a forward-looking work. Whereas Mozart delighted, Beethoven confounded and his epic Eroica, the longest of its genre yet composed, proved to be the watershed between the Classical and Romantic periods.
Although his earlier works had shown flashes of what was to come, the Third Symphony, by contrast, opens with two staggering chords that announce to the world the arrival of a new talent, a forceful personality, a man never to be forgotten. From that point on Beethoven was no mere composer – he was a creator of monuments.