Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus join with a host of soloists to perform Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, alongside Szymanowski’s smoulderingly intense Stabat Mater.
Conductor Jacek Kaspszyk
Soprano Wioletta Chodowicz*
Mezzo-soprano Hannah Pedley
Tenor Andrew Rees
Baritone Paul Carey Jones
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 Choral Symphony
Beethoven’s 9th has been the go-to symphony for marking seismic moments in world history, from the inauguration of the League of Nations to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. More than just a piece of music, it’s an affirmation of the human spirit at its most optimistic, and a declaration of universal brotherhood. In a welcome return to the Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic salutes joy and sadness side by side, partnering Beethoven’s epic work with Szymanowski’s anguished yet beautiful Stabat Mater.
* Wioletta Chodowicz replaces Claire Meghnagi
Inside The Music Talk with Jonathan James
The Lantern, 6.25pm, free with a concert ticket
Jonathan James explores Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
Chamber Concert: Stephen Johnson & English Piano Trio
Tue 12 May, The Lantern, 7.30pm
Price: £13 (or £9 incl. booking fee when bought with a ticket to this concert)