It will not be possible to fill a stage with 80 musicians performing together on strings and wind instruments just yet. But never fear! We have invited all the large Belgian orchestras to perform their core repertoire at the Festival with an adapted line-up. In this anniversary year, no fewer than all nine symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven are on the programme.
Five string players from La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra take on the imposing and iconic fifth symphony. They play this majestic ‘symphony of symphonies’ in an arrangement by Carl Friedrich Ebers, an exact contemporary of Beethoven. He arranged the symphony for string quintet three years after the composer’s death. This ‘reduction’ does even more justice to the ingenious structure of the work, which unfolds from the four notes of the famous opening motif, than in the original!
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◉ This concert was recorded on 27 September 2020 in de Oude Vismijn in Ghent. The broadcast will be streamed on 16 January via soundofghent.be and will be available for 48 hours.◉
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Ludwig van Beethoven – From String quintet in C Major: part 2, Adagio molto espressivo
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 5 in c Minor (arr. C.F. Ebers for quintet)
Saténik Khourdoian, violin
Noémie Tiercet, violin
Yves Cortvrint, viola
Florent Brémond, viola
Sébastien Walnier, cello