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Saturday 23 November 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor


Beethoven Symphony No.4
Beethoven Symphony No.6 Pastoral

About this performance

Beethoven’s two most feel-good symphonies make up the middle of our Festival fortnight. The lightness of the Fourth and the escape to the country of the Sixth are musical self-care of the highest order!

  • Schumann described Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony as ‘a slender Greek maiden between two Nordic giants’ – those giants being the heroic third and epic fifth symphonies. In contrast, the Fourth’s dancing lightness gives it a quality akin to chamber music, filled with gentle humour and elegant melodies.
  • A keen rambler, Beethoven’s joyful Pastoral Symphony takes its inspiration from nature. The composer takes us on a country walk to enjoy babbling brooks, birdsong, country dancing, and caps it off with a thunderstorm. This peaceful invocation of open space, sunshine, and clean air is immersive, musical escapism for city-dwellers at its finest.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes including interval

Listen to Beethoven's Sixth Symphony

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