Gerald Barry The Eternal Recurrence*
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (choral)
Jennifer France soprano*
Christianne Stotjin mezzo soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan Britten Sinfonia Voices director
Thomas Adès conductor
Britten Sinfonia’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle, conducted by Thomas Adès, concludes with Beethoven’s mighty ‘choral’ symphony and Gerald Barry’s feverish The Eternal Recurrence.
Beethoven’s extraordinary Ninth Symphony is regarded by many as the finest of all symphonies, and its message of humanity, perhaps most famously encapsulated in the symphony’s Ode to Joy chorus, continues to resonate today (not least, as the anthem for the European Union). Here, Beethoven’s masterful celebration of the human race is paired with Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence, a brilliant, feverish setting of texts from Nietzsche’s philosophical novel Also sprach Zarathustra.
Pre show talk: 6.30pm Britten Sinfonia musicians discuss this performance’s programme. Free to ticket holders.
Duration: c. 1 hour, 55 minutes. First half 20 minutes. Interval 25 minutes. Second half 70 minutes.
Group rate: Book nine tickets and get the tenth ticket free
Essential companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.
Students, Jobseekers and Under 26s – £6
Go 4 Less – £8
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