april, 2022

03apr7:30 pmLondon, UK - Philharmonia - Vorísek, Beethoven7:30 pm Royal Festival Hall


Event Details

Jakub Hrůša conductor
Johanni van Oostrum soprano
Hanna Hipp mezzo-soprano
Nicky Spence tenor
Solomon Howard bass
Philharmonia Orchestra

Vorísek: Symphony in D
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (Choral)

Beethoven stretches the scale and structure of the symphonic form further than anyone had dared before him.

And in the final movement he breaks the boundaries of the orchestra itself, invoking the human voice to share his message of brotherhood.

His setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy has become an anthem for freedom and fellowship around the world.

Hearing it live is still an exhilarating experience, almost 200 years after its triumphant premiere.

To pave the way for this musical icon, Jakub Hruša has chosen a symphony composed by his compatriot Voríšek just a few years before Beethoven’s.

Voríšek moved to Vienna from his Bohemian home (now in the Czech Republic) with the express hope of meeting Beethoven and establishing himself as a composer.

He succeeded in both, and became firm friends with Schubert, too.

His only symphony is full of melodic invention and contrasts of mood.


(Sunday) 7:30 pm


Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX