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.
The exuberant seventh symphony – described by Richard Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’ – is performed by members of Opera Ballet Vlaanderen Symphonic Orchestra. This is a sparkling version for nonet arranged by their own double bassist José Andrés Reyes. At the premiere of the work, in 1813, the second part (Allegretto) was so popular that it had to be repeated. It has also been used in numerous films, including recently in The King’s Speech.
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◉ This concert was recorded on 26 September 2020 in the Museum of Industry in Ghent. The broadcast will be streamed on 6 February via soundofghent.be and will be available for 48 hours.◉
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Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 7 in A Major (arr. J. Reyes for nonet)
Melanie Roosken, flute
Arie van der Beek, oboe
Fang Song, klarinet
Rémy Roux, bassoon
Bart Cypers, horn
Maximilian Lohse, violin
Beatrice Derolez, viola
Jadranka Gasparovic, cello
José Reyes, double bass