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The Classic FM Concert with John Suchet 8pm - 10pm
A superb performance of Beethoven’s epic Choral Symphony is the climax of tonight's Concert.
Arguably the greatest symphony ever composed, the Ninth is the summit of Beethoven's achievements, a masterful musical celebration of the human race and a work that makes all who hear it feel better about life. And yet, the composer himself never actually heard it. When he conducted its premiere, he was famously unaware of the rapturous response. It took one of the musicians to alert him to the cheering audience – and that was only at the end of the second movement.
Gustav Holst: St. Paul's Suite Opus 29 No.2
Owain Arwel Hughes conducts Camerata Wales
Georg-Philipp Telemann: Concerto in A major for Flute, Violin and Cello
Emmanuel Pahud directs the Berlin Baroque Soloists from the flute
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor Opus 125
Soloists: Barbara Bonney, Birgit Remmert, Kurt Streit, Thomas Hampson
Simon Rattle conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and CBSO Chorus