Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 Absolutely Beethoven
Concert featuring new Chief Conductor, David Robertson.
The design brief required a focus on Beethoven’s influence over the musical program, as well as advertise David Robertson’s first concert as chief conductor. Each letter of Beethoven’s name contains an image; starting with a childhood portrait, the series continues through to a posthumous statue and evokes the immortal breadth of the composer’s work.
STRAVINSKY Symphony in Three Movements
“A vibrant, dancing symphony by a classical master gives us the foundation. But Beethoven’s Seventh is there for another reason as well: John Adams’ Absolute Jest takes its inspiration (and its musical ideas!) from the late Beethoven quartets. It’s like Beethoven that’s been passed through a hall of mirrors, says Adams, and the result is a turbo-charged showpiece for string quartet and orchestra. And Stravinsky enters the picture because he, too, liked to take the music of other composers and make it his own.”
ADAMS Absolute Jest
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.7