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Honeck conducts Beethoven’s Fifth

Contemporary music26 May '23 - 27 May '23(Past)

With fate at their heels, Beethoven and Schumann wrote their most indomitable music.


‘This is the sound of fate knocking at the door’, Beethoven is reputed to have said of the hammer blows at the start of his Fifth. True or not, Beethoven himself was unable to avoid fate: he became stone deaf. Nevertheless, his symphony radiates something invincible – just as Schumann’s Cello Concerto, written while insanity was at his heels, emanates a golden glow. As long as there’s music, there’s hope – that must be it.

Programme & performers


Cello Concerto

The Girl from Shiraz

Symphony No. 5

An hour prior to the concert on 26 May there is a concert introduction in the Feestzaal (foyer Grote Zaal, first floor). 

ConductorManfred Honeck
CelloKian Soltani
As long as there is music, there is hope
Honeck conducts Beethoven
You don’t often find yourself learning new things in Beethoven’s Fifth. That is what makes this such a special experience.
Presto Classical

All play dates of Honeck conducts Beethoven’s Fifth

Friday 26 May 20238:15 PM
RotterdamDe Doelen (Grand Hall)
Saturday 27 May 20238:00 PM
HeerlenTheater Heerlen (Rabozaal)

Watch, listen and marvel:

Chamber music
Seong-Jin Cho
Big orchestra
Season 23-24
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