Panorama Beethoven

Large events are looming on the horizon: 17 December 2020 marks Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The anniversary will be celebrated by the DSO most notably as a theme, as in Max Reger’s Fugue on one of the master’s bagatelles, as a dedicatee with Jörg Widmann’s concert overture ‘Con brio’. Beethoven is encircled: by Mozart’s last four symphonies, by Hector Berlioz, by Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, both of whom needed several attempts to find the “symphony after Beethoven”. Beethoven himself finally gets a chance to speak with his unsettling ‘Heiligenstadt Testament’, to which Rodion Shchedrin’s composition of the same name and Brett Dean’s ‘Testament’ reacted, as well as with the Great Fugue, the Third Piano Concerto and with chamber music. At the beginning of the 20/21 season, one of the composer's symphonies will finally be heard at the 2020 Berlin Music Festival: Robin Ticciati conducts the rarely played Fourth Symphony, while the DSO performs – thus continuing a line that began with Handel's 'Messiah' and Mozart's last symphonies – on gut strings and with the use of natural horns and trumpets

The DSO programs related to Beethoven are part of the anniversary celebrations BTHVN2020 with kind support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media..

DSO' Beethoven concerts are
part of the celebrations


Kindly supportd by

Stiftung preußischer kulturbesitz

DSO's BTHVN2020 Concerts