What a treat for lovers of Beethoven and what a great way to discover Beethoven for the first time. WASO (West Australian Symphony Orchestra) presents a Beethoven Festival in August at the Perth Concert Hall.
Beethoven’s much-loved Fifth Symphony (with arguably the best-known four notes in classical music) happens on August 22 and 24 with the First & Second symphonies to open.
Beethoven's joyous Pastoral (Sixth Symphony) will be performed on August 29 and the ever-popular Ninth Symphony (also known as The Choral and Ode to Joy) will be performed with the Eighth on August 30 and 31.
The second program on August 23 is the rhythmically powerful Eroica (Heroic). This concert will open with the high spirited, graceful Fourth Symphony as a bonus. The conductor for all programs is Asher Fisch.
The Eroica is also known as Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op 55. It is emotional and stirring as well as romantically beautiful. Beethoven’s original plan was to dedicate the work to Napoleon Bonaparte because the composer admired the ideals of the French Revolution but when Napoleon proclaimed himself Emperor of France in 1804, Beethoven was disgusted and tore up the title page in a rage (above), saying “…he will think himself superior to all men, become a tyrant.”
For all your accommodation needs, Rydges Perth will make you welcome and here's a teaser for the Eroica...