Beethoven’s love of nature shines through in his Sixth Symphony. The opening Awakening of Cheerful Feeling upon Arriving in the Country is followed by the aptly flowing grace of a Scene by the Brook, complete with calls of a nightingale, quail and cuckoo. The Merry Assembly of Country Folk is interrupted by a violent thunderstorm, but soon a mood of serenity is restored by the final, uplifting Shepherds’ Song of Thanksgiving. Wagner’s comic opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is his most human, with no gods, potions or mythical journeys. Inspired by the real 16th century Master Singer’s Guild of Nuremberg and their famous songwriting competitions, the story is a metaphor for Wagner’s own musical struggle.

The concert will be available to view on demand for 30 days after the orginal performance until 7.30pm (GMT) on Friday 11 June 2021.
The concert livestream will be accessible behind a paywall as an embedded Vimeo video stream. It is best to watch through an up-to-date browser (we recommend Google Chrome on a PC and Safari on an Apple device). You can then connect to your TV or HIFI via a cable connection. An Amazon Firestick is also compatible using the Amazon Silk browser direct on a TV as well as most default browsers on SMART TVs.

Works and composers

Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral'
Wagner Die Meistersinger Suite

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