This concert is the last in the series devoted by Savall to the symphonies of Beethoven

“Freude, schöner Götterfunken, Tochter aus Elysium.”
Friedrich Schiller – Ode to Joy, definitive 1808 version


This concert is the last in the series devoted by conductor Jordi Savall to the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven to mark the 250th anniversary of the Bonn-born composer's birth.

In it Savall's Concert des Nations will play the last two symphonies. The Eighth is remarkable for the sharp contrast between events in the composer's life and the joyful exuberance of the score.

The Ninth, on the other hand, ushered in a new era, for it was unusual for a symphony to include solo voices and a chorus. The choice of Schiller's poem contributed to the work becoming a symbol of freedom. These nine inimitable symphonies have gone down in the history of music as a single, priceless entity which established a new canon, sparking off so vast a revolution that Beethoven eclipsed all previous composers who had presumed to write symphony music. Savall's interpretation will immerse us in the creative genius that changed everything: music itself, the figure of the artist, the audience and the world. An inexhaustible vade mecum embracing all possible emotions and a guide to life.

PARADÍS: the freedom achieved with the brotherhood of the people

Approximate running time 2h

  • Symphony No. 8 23m
  • Interval 30m
  • Symphony No. 9 1h 5m

Artistic profile

Le Concert des Nations
Beethoven's Academy 2020
Jakob Lehmann
Assistant conductor
Luca Guglielmi
Assistant Concertmaster
Manfredo Kraemer
Jordi Savall
La Capella Nacional de Catalunya
Lluís Vilamajó


SopranoSara Gouzy
MezzosopranoLaila Salome
TenorMingjie Lei
BaritoneManuel Walser

Debut Liceu

With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona Provincial Authority, the Barcelona City Council, the Fondations Edmond de Rothschild and the Fundació Banc de Sabadell. Le Concert des Nations is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic.  

December 2021

15Wednesday19:00Turn G

Programa de mà

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Information of Interest


L. v. Beethoven
Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Symphony No. 9 in F major, Op. 125 “Choral”