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Concert

Beethoven 5 & 6

Alain Altinoglu

Presentation

‘It’s huge, it’s absolutely mad! You’d be scared the house might fall down!’ exclaimed Goethe in 1830, when Mendelssohn played him Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. La Monnaie’s Beethoven cycle would be incomplete without the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, two of the most famous and emblematic of their composer’s oeuvre and, indeed, of the entire symphonic repertoire. The two works were composed during the same period and were premiered together – and are now once again coupled for this programme. The Sixth, known as the ‘Pastoral’, paints a landscape that is more emotional and internal than physical. The Fifth, for its part, needs no introduction: its powerful opening theme, which has been described as the blows of fate knocking at the door, gives coherence and tension to this monumental work. Over the years, this tension has never failed to grip audiences; according to Berlioz, at the performance of the work in Paris, ‘a nervous spasm shook the whole room’!

PROGRAMME
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphonie Nr.5 c-moll, op.67 (1807-1808)
    Symphonie Nr.6 F-Dur “Pastorale”, op.68 (1808)
  • Wim Henderickx
    Composition for harp and orchestra
Cast
Cast

ConductorALAIN ALTINOGLU

HarpAGNÈS CLÉMENT

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra

ProductionDE MUNT / LA MONNAIE
Co-presentationBOZAR MUSIC

With the support of THE BELGIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S TAX SHELTER, IN COOPERATION WITH PROSPERO MM PRODUCTIONS SA/NV AND TAXSHELTER.BE, POWERED BY ING

Agenda

Agenda