Adès, Barry, Beethoven


30 May 2017

Beethoven

Septet

Gerald Barry

Five Chorales from the Intelligence Park

Beethoven

Piano Trio in E flat, Op. 70 No. 2

Summary

Ludwig van Beethoven was music’s ultimate revolutionary whilst Gerald Barry smashes every rule of new music. For Thomas Adès, they’re ‘volcanic‘, ‘galvanising‘ creative spirits: when he takes to the piano with members of Britten Sinfonia, the results will be chamber music in size only.

It should be an electriftying upbeat to Adès’s forthcoming Barry and Beethoven cycle wtih the orchestra. For both Adès and our musicians, there’s no such thing as an established interpretation and this cycle will take on a new perspective on Beethoven. Adès brings a composer’s insight: ‘We haven’t got to the end of what Beethoven has to say to us,’ he says.

Download the programme notes for this concert here

Find out more about the Beethoven Symphony Cycle here.

Presented by the Barbican

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