This concert will be broadcast LIVE on BBC Radio 3, latecomers may not be admitted. Please allow sufficient time for your journey.
PART 1: WNO ORCHESTRA
Steven Osborne, Piano
BBCNational Chorus of Wales
Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’
Gloria, from the Mass in C major
Piano Concerto No. 4
SUPPER BREAK - 90MINS (Interval - circa 6pm - 7.30pm)
PART 2: BBC NATIONAL ORCHESTRA & CHORUS OF WALES
Llŷr Williams, Piano
Symphony No. 5
Sanctus, from the Mass in C
Fantasia for solo piano
Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus and orchestra
This unmissable performance will reconstruct the historic Beethoven Benefit Concert given in Vienna in December 1808. Over the course of four hours on a freezing night at the Theatre an der Wien all but his dramatic aria ‘Ah Perfido’ received first performances. This wonderful retrospective brings a wealth of international talent to present some of Beethoven’s most iconic music, including the most famous symphonic opening ever written. This Beethoven spectacular will be an event to remember.
Pictures below (left to right): Carlo Rizzi, Steven Osborne, Alwyn Mellor, Jaime Martin (Photo: Chris Dunlop) & Llŷr Williams (Photo: Sussie Ahlburg)
FILM SCREENING: In Search of Beethoven 11.30am - 1.50pm | Lefel 1 In Search of Beethoven addresses the romantic myth that Beethoven was a heroic, tormented figure battling to overcome his tragic fate of deafness and who searched for his ‘immortal beloved’ but remained unmarried. It delves beyond the image of the tortured, bad-tempered, unhinged personality, to reveal someone quite different and far more interesting. Event is free but ticketed.
PRE-CONCERT TALK: Discover More – Beethoven, Wine and the musical ideas behind the 1808 concert 3pm - 3.45pm | Lefel 1
In a Discover More special, BBC NOW Discovery Guide, Dr Jon James meets American wine and music expert, Ron Merlino.
To open, Ron Merlino investigates Beethoven’s close relationship with wine, in particular making connections between the wine he drank and the Viennese vineyards he knew with his epic, middle-period works. Following this composer insight, Jon James takes a look at the monumental 1808 concert in Vienna organised by Beethoven himself, and discusses the musical ideas that bind it together.
Limited seats available, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
LIVE ON RADIO 3: Hannah French presents interval features live on Radio 3 including: Dueling Pianos with Zoe Rahman & David Rees Williams Circa 6.30pm - 7pm | Level 3
INTERVAL TALK: Geraint Lewis - Noson Fawr Beethoven (Beethoven’s Big Night) Welsh language event Circa 6.50pm - 7.20pm | St Asaph Room
International Concert Series Bookstall will be on Level 3, provided by Griffin Books, Penarth.
WALLY'S SUPPER BOXES
With a mouth-watering afternoon of captivating classical music in store stretching across more than four hours, you’re bound to build up an appetite.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Wally’s Delicatessen in Cardiff’s Morgan Quarter arcade to offer you a delicious range of Beethoven supper boxes to span the 90-minute interval.
Available as a great value addition to your concert-going experience, Wally’s Deli Supper Boxes cost just £9 in choices of Cheese and Meat / Cheese. Please click here for Platter make-up and allergen information.
These delicious Supper Boxes are only available if ordered in advance so please call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444 or book here before Tuesday 14 January 2020 to secure yours – early booking advised.
*Please redeem your Supper Box vouchers at Level 3 and Level 5 bars.