Beethoven judged his Symphony No. 7 to be one of his best works - musicians, critics, and thousands of listeners since would agree, and many would even name it as one of the greatest symphonies ever written.
The steady, inexorable build-up of intensity in the second movement had such a profound impact on the audience at the work’s first performance that they demanded a repeat hearing before allowing the orchestra to proceed with the rest of the symphony. And the whirlwind dance of the finale continues to catch listeners up in its headlong energy more than two centuries later. Hear it tonight with our Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
But first, the orchestra perform Beethoven's King Stephen Overture, and Rebecca Nelsen performs Berg's Lulu Suite.
Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Calle del Príncipe de Vergara, Madrid, M, 28002