classical music

2012: Absolute Jest

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Follow the London Philharmonic Orchestra between 1812, 1912 and 2012 as the 2020 Vision project continues.

Comedy is a serious business. Beethoven knew that in 1812 when his firecracker of an Eighth Symphony cheerfully booted the Classical rule book out of the window; and John Adams certainly knew it in 2012 when he leafed through Beethoven’s string quartets and transformed them into Absolute Jest: a one-off concerto for string quartet that takes Beethoven seriously enough to laugh along with him.

As soloists, the Heath Quartet definitely get it: and in this 2020 Vision concert, conductor Karina Canellakis gets it too, pairing Beethoven and Adams with a multicoloured masterpiece by Bartók from 1912, proving that the best jokes never lose their bite.

Performers

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Karina Canellakis conductor
Heath Quartet

Repertoire

John Adams: Absolute Jest for string quartet & orchestra
Bartók: 4 Orchestral Pieces, Op.12
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.8

Dates & times

3 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 110 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£14 - £65
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

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