The Beethoven Festival concludes in a brilliant finale with Beethoven’s last two symphonies, including the iconic Ninth. Music director Edo de Waart is joined by a stellar group of soloists and Voices New Zealand to end the Beethoven Festival in style.
Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony is light-hearted and cheerful. It is one of Beethoven’s shortest symphonies, with a second movement much faster than most symphonic second movements. The Ninth Symphony is regarded as one of Beethoven’s finest works. It has the largest orchestra of his symphonies and was the first symphony by a major composer to use voices. What better way to celebrate the upcoming 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday in 2020?
Beethoven was enormously popular in his lifetime and still is today because he speaks directly to the human condition. He speaks from the heart.
Edo de Waart, NZSO Music Director