classical music

Beethoven's Fifth

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Philharmonia Orchestra demonstrates that there's much more to Beethoven's Fifth than those stop-you-in-your-tracks opening chords.

Whether you've heard a dozen different recordings, or never listened to it all the way through, it's well worth experiencing it live.

Be guided through this essential masterpiece, from the dark, dramatic opening to the exhilarating triumph of the climax.

Explaining why he chose to end a symphony in stormy C minor with a resplendent C major finale, Beethoven wrote simply 'Joy follows sorrow, sunshine – rain.'

Two more Beethoven works complete the concert, a fitting conclusion to the Philharmonia Orchestra's Beethoven 250 celebrations.

The Roman general Coriolanus chooses compassion over vengeance in music that vividly describes his struggle with his conscience.

The Triple Concerto is an altogether lighter affair, composed for an aristocratic 16-year-old piano pupil – stylish, graceful and full of singing melodies.

Vladimir Ashkenazy, who was due to conduct this concert, announced his retirement in January 2020. We wish him all the best and thank him for his many years of inspiring music-making at Southbank Centre, as both pianist and conductor with the Philharmonia and other orchestras.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
conductor to be announced
Antje Weithaas violin
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker cello
Martin Helmchen piano

Repertoire

Beethoven: Overture, Coriolan; Triple Concerto for violin, cello & piano
Interval
Beethoven: Symphony No.5

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 115 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Thu 19 November 2020
      • 7:30 pm
        cancelled

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount

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). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

Southbank Centre takes a strong view on secondary ticketing. We require the lead booker to attend (photo ID may be requested). Tickets can only be resold by Southbank Centre or one of its authorised agents.