classical music

Herbert Blomstedt - Berlioz & Beethoven

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

In the first of two concerts, Herbert Blomstedt brings his irrepressible enthusiasm, undimmed by over 60 years on the podium, to two masterpieces.

Blomstedt last conducted the Philharmonia in 2017, delighting audiences and critics alike with a high-octane performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7: “a full-on exuberant expression of the human spirit… The Philharmonia simply sparkled” (Bachtrack). He returns with the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.

A lover of nature, Beethoven often found musical inspiration from his walks in the country. From the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony’s opening movement, titled ‘Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside’, he paints musical scenes of bubbling rivers and village life, carried by evocative strings melodies and colourful woodwind bird calls.

Berlioz was a great admirer of Beethoven, but he didn’t so much break the mould as throw it away and start again. The five movements of his Symphonie Fantastique tell a lurid tale of a very thinly-disguised ‘young artist’ delirious with the pain of unrequited love.

The object of his infatuation is represented by a theme that he hears everywhere – in the streets, at a glamorous ball, out in the fields.

Terrified that she will betray him, he tries to kill himself with opium, but instead finds himself in a hideous dream world where he witnesses his own execution.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert Blomstedt conductor


Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

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Royal Festival Hall


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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).