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Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony

2 - 5 August 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Lose yourself in the idyllic, radiant landscapes of Beethoven’s enchanting Pastoral Symphony.

Radiant Beauty

Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is an idyllic centrepiece for this program inspired by the beauty of the natural world.

Beethoven was continually lured away from Vienna by the beauty of the countryside, where he would work and walk for miles. The landscape radiates through the work, from brilliant sunshine to dark and sudden storms.

Guest Conductor Benjamin Northey masterfully creates Beethoven’s transforming moments present in both the symphony and the Fourth Piano Concerto. The Concerto is a work of nobility and an ideal platform for a pianist to shine from, and in Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes we hear one of the world’s best.

The Guardian described Perianes as having “exquisite grace and a wonderful lightness of touch,” and you will hear every moment perfectly in the stunning acoustics of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.


Stabat Mater Symphony – Movement 1
50 Fanfares Commission

Piano Concerto No.4

Symphony No.6, Pastoral



Benjamin Northey

Javier Perianes

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Please note:
Simone Young, who was previously advertised as conducting these performances has had to withdraw due to an urgent medical matter requiring surgery. We are grateful to Benjamin Northey for stepping in at short notice.

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