Saturday 29th February 2020
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Tickets £9.00 to £37.00
Prokofiev - Symphony No.7
Beethoven - Symphony No.9 ‘Choral’
Sir Mark Elder
Elizabeth Atherton, soprano
Sarah Castle, mezzo-soprano
Stuart Jackson, tenor
Neal Davies, bass
Our celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary begin with this concert featuring his epic final symphony. Beethoven’s Ninth revisits the revolutionary impulses of his Third and Fifth symphonies but its journey from darkness to light travels through more daunting terrain. It concludes unforgettably with a heaven-storming finale that adds a chorus and four soloists to proclaim its message of hope and friendship. The audacity of its ambition and its vocal writing not only ensured its immediate success but also set a course for several later composers.
Over a century later, Sergei Prokofiev was also looking to reinvent the symphony but in the case of his Seventh, he sought a simpler, more direct style. This was partly driven by his intention to write for the USSR Children’s Radio Division, but also helped him to avoid being censured for the “decadent formalism” of his more experimental works. Whatever the impulse, the Seventh is full of verve and wit, and bathed in Prokofiev’s long-breathed melodies.
This event is part of our Beethoven 250th Anniversary Celebrations
Free Pre-Concert Talk, 6.20pm
(Booking not required.)
Join Katy Hamilton in the auditorium before the performance as she discusses Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
After Hours: Classico Latino, 9.45pm
(Concert ticket holders get into this event for free.)
This sparky, genre-hopping piano trio was born when Colombian pianist Ivan Guevara met British cellist Graham Walker back in 1997. Since then, they’ve been joyfully mixing classical style with Latin American rhythms and melodies, winning fans all over the world. This first visit to Nottingham gives you a chance to sample their vibrant and seductive sounds.