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Alexander Shelley describes the 9 Beethoven symphonies as one of the great musical wonders of the world. Immerse yourself in the complete symphony cycle with a deep dive on opening night.
The NAC Orchestra brings to life Beethoven’s electrifying and tempestuous Symphony No. 5. Groundbreaking when it debuted in 1808, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone who does not immediately recognize the signature opening “ta-ta-ta-tum” of this, the world’s most famous symphony.
“A Titan, wrestling with the gods”, was how Richard Wagner aptly described Beethoven and his music. Symphony No. 4 bears the unmistakable stylistic fingerprint of the bold composer: strength, spirited manipulations of harmony and key, and structure shaped by innovation and ingenuity.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 exudes a cheerful exuberance of celestial proportion. Composed at the same time as the celebrated “Immortal Beloved” letters of 1812, the mysterious 10-page note was penned by the lovelorn composer over the course of two days. Found only after his death, its addressee remains unknown and hotly debated to this day.
Alexander Shelley conducts Beethoven’s timeless ninth symphony, the ground-breaking work for orchestra and chorus, as the culmination of the NAC Orchestra’s Beethoven Festival. The hope
expressed in Ode to Joy still resonates – that friendship can bind us together though our customs tear us apart.
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