Talk 6:30pm Concert 7:30pm

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Saturday 22nd February 2020

This is one of our 6 subscription series concerts, and is included within a member’s subscription ticket.

Overview: Tonight we celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday. with an all-Beethoven concert, featuring his 7th Symphony (1812) described by Wagner as the glorification or ‘apotheosis of the dance’. This ‘celebration of rhythm’ is in marked contrast to the 8th (1812) which is a tribute to Haydn, at one time Beethoven’s teacher. Between these two symphonies, Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto of 1795 dates from a time when he was known as performer rather than a composer.

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8, op. 9
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 15
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7, op. 92

Lars Vogt is our conductor
for the evening, and ………

….. is also our soloist.


The Royal Northern Sinfonia return for their third and last concert of the season to celebrate the 250th birthday of one of the most recognised and influential composers – Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). They will be conducted tonight by the incredibly talented Lars Vogt, who is also our virtuoso pianist for the evening. Lars has won many awards and accolades as a concert pianist, and has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He is a prolific recording artist, and in 2015 became Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage in Gateshead.

We begin with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8; written in 1812 when the composer was 41, its’ four movements took four months to write. It was written at the start of Beethoven’s ‘Late’ period when he wrote many profound works; he had recently given up conducting due to his increasing deafness. The work is known as being light hearted, but not lightweight.

Swapping baton for keyboard, Lars Vogt will play for us Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, written in 1795 and revised in 1800,  from Beethoven’s ‘Early’ period when he was just 25 years old. It was Beethoven’s first published concerto, however he had written two others previously. In the music you will hear hints of Mozart and Haydn, however it is very much Beethoven’s own inspiration. Beethoven was a virtuoso pianist and was the soloist at its premiere.

We finish with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, written in a Bohemian spa town in 1811, when he was 40. Beethoven remarked that it was one of his best works. It is known for its rhythmic devices and suggestions of a dance; it should send you home with a skip in your step.