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NZSO 2014: Beethoven The Symphonies - Day Two

NZSO 2014: Beethoven The Symphonies - Day Two

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  • Fri 13 Jun ’14, 6:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages



Presented by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Principal Partner Newstalk ZB

Over four days we embark on a thrilling exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s nine symphonies, each offering a different portrait of the composer, from his classical beginnings to the heroism of his middle period to the complexity of his last works. With this extraordinary life journey we also celebrate the remarkable talents of our music director Pietari Inkinen.

Day Two
Symphonies No. 4 & 5

Beethoven’s fourth and fifth symphonies were composed simultaneously, and they are ideal companions. After a long and serious introduction, Symphony No. 4 then transforms into a work that is light, languorous and filled with singing phrases that soothe the spirit. Such breezy joyfulness only heightens the drama of Beethoven’s mighty Symphony No. 5. Opening with four of the most famous notes in music history – the fateful ta-ta-ta-TUM – this work occupies a special place in the orchestral repertoire. Wild, uncompromising, bold, and with a vast expressiveness and mastery of structure, it is little wonder that the fifth symphony is perhaps Beethoven’s most famous work. And certainly, nothing beats hearing such an iconic piece performed live in concert!

Concert duration: 1h25

Free pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to concert

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