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Tue 28 Jan 2020

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Beethoven’s Major Heroes

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10-£60

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Beethoven Symphony No.2
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica

Sir Roger Norrington conductor

Sir Roger Norrington conducts two of Beethoven’s most popular major-key masterpieces.

This concert sees Beethoven at his most buoyant and sunny – or does it?

Both these symphonies in major keys are, on the surface, distinctly positive compositions.

No.2 is energetic and optimistic, echoing the neatly constructed symphonies of Beethoven’s predecessors, such as Mozart and Haydn.

But it also has a dark side – the composer wrote this piece while convalescing in the countryside after realising he was becoming profoundly deaf.

The massive, majestic Symphony No.3, Eroica, broke new ground for the scale and ambition of orchestral music.

This was appropriate, as it was dedicated to Beethoven’s great hero, the all-conquering French revolutionary, Napoleon.

Until, that is, Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor and Beethoven withdrew the dedication in a fit of fury.

Sir Roger Norrington brings his usual energy and enthusiasm to some of Beethoven’s most popular music.

Part of Beethoven 250 at Southbank Centre.

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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