Matthew Herbert | André de Ridder et al.

“Beethoven NINE!”

Fri, 28.08. | 17.30

Europaplatz, KKL Lucerne

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020





    Matthew Herbert | André de Ridder et al.

    Matthew Herbert  concept and electronics
    André de Ridder  concept and conductor
    Esmeralda Conde Ruiz  concept and chorus master
    s t a r g a z e  
    Choirs from Lucerne  

    “Beethoven NINE!”

    A production of the Barbican Centre (London), Luzerner Theater, and LUCERNE FESTIVAL

    “Joy, beautiful spark of the gods” is heard everywhere. At the turn of the year, at state-sponsored occasions, and at many other celebrations around the world as well, it is played over and over: Ludwig van Beethoven’s last symphony, the Ninth. The choral finale of this symphony, which sets Schiller’s poem An die Freude (the “Ode to Joy”) to music, is Beethoven’s indestructible signature piece. But what happens to the Ninth when a violinist performs the first movement all alone in the KKL Luzern? When the Adagio is transformed into a cloud of sound by Matthew Herbert floating above Europaplatz? When additional musicians march as an ensemble in star formation and sing the final chorus in the “Globe” of the Lucerne Theater together with amateur choirs? Beethoven’s Ninth descends from “Elysium” into the streets, inviting people to join in and thus fulfilling its vision: “All people become brothers.”