From the birthplace of Beethoven in Bonn, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding initiate a pan-continental celebration by performing the first of the composer's symphonies.
Nine symphonies, nine cities, nine orchestras. This ambitious project sees all of Beethoven's works being performed on a single day, every hour on the hour, across Europe and broadcast live on Arte. Featuring artists such as Teodor Currentzis, a regular MCO collaborator, the celebrations begin in Bonn with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and culminate with the ninth symphony from Vienna, completing the journey of Beethoven's life and career.
Beethoven's first symphony was written after the composer had made his move to Vienna. The work shows the first signs of the composer's later innovations with intricate instrumentation, an expanded harmonic palette, and formal invention. Harding pairs the work with the third of Beethoven's Leonore overtures, another symphonic tour-de-force in C major.