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Schubert - Symphony No.9

Part of Piano Masterworks

In an afternoon of Viennese genius, hear Schubert’s mighty Ninth Symphony and two works by Mozart.

Schubert’s ‘Great C major’ Symphony (so-called to distinguish it from the earlier, shorter ‘Little C major’) combines the gift for melody that shines from Schubert's songs and chamber music with the grand scale of a full symphony orchestra, to stunning effect.

Schubert composed the symphony during a summer when it seemed he might be restored to health.

He responded to this reprieve with music full of life and optimism, from the questing opening horn-call to the unstoppable momentum of the finale, in which he quotes Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.

In the first half, Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro vividly conjures up the bustle of preparations for Figaro and Susanna’s wedding.

Next we hear one of the composer’s finest piano concertos. A graceful and uplifting first movement, a slow movement full of profound emotion, and a dazzling ‘theme and variations’ finale give the soloist the chance to display both technical skill and communicative gifts.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Douglas Boyd conductor
Jonathan Biss piano


Mozart: Overture, The Marriage of Figaro; Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453
Schubert: Symphony No.9 (Great)

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Royal Festival Hall


£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts:
Brian Tyler Returns – Live in Concert (25 Oct 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas with King's College Choir (13 Dec 2018), Philharmonia Orchestra – Christmas at the Movies (16 Dec 2018), Valentine’s Day Gala (14 Feb 2019).