27.04.2020 | 20:00 | Side programme

Rethinking Beethoven X

“Rethinking Beethoven X” is the working title of Jens Joneleit’s new composition, which revives Beethoven’s sketches for his 10th Symphony. It will be premiered by Beethoven expert Jan Caeyers and his orchestra Le Concert Olympique in Berlin.

The new piece is juxtaposed with Schubert's 8th Symphony - probably the best-known example of an unfinished work. The programme concludes with Beethoven's 6th Symphony "Pastorale", which contains many musical and content-related parallels to Schubert's "Unfinished" symphony, such as orchestral colours, meter, tempos and an idyllic, nostalgic mood. In a letter sent to London only a few days before his death, Beethoven reaffirmed firm intention to complete his 10th Symphony. The guiding idea behind Joneleit’s piece is Beethoven’s journey to our future world of today. Joneleit’s exploration of Beethoven’s collected experiences and final sketches promise to offer a deeper meaning for his own work. “Just as this journey would mean a new beginning for Beethoven, the encounter with him also means a new beginning for me, in that I want to allow myself to compose with Beethoven – and not against him”. The aim is therefore not a historical reconstruction of Beethoven’s work, but a contemporary realization of Beethoven’s intentions – a creative musical dialogue with Beethoven from which something new emerges. The concert on 27 April will be the highlight of the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Le Concert Olympique, in which leading musicians from all over Europe perform together. Jan Caeyers and his orchestra have had many successful guest appearances in Berlin over the years.

Concert introduction: 7:15 pm – 7:45 pm with Jan Caeyers and Jens Joneleit in the Foyer of the Kammermusiksaal



Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1
10785 Berlin

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