On September 5th, the NCPA “Bright Autumn Cadenza” staged a long-awaited Beethoven symphony concert. With an interpretation of the humanity of Beethoven, Conductor LÜ Jia and the China NCPA Orchestra celebrated the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth under the theme, “Zeitgeist of Classism”. At press time, the concert had received over 27 million hits on the NCPA Classical Music Channel and other online platforms.
Conductor LÜ Jia and the China NCPA Orchestra celebrated the 250th
anniversary of Beethoven’s birth
Photo by NIU Xiaobei
The concert began with the Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113, followed by Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93, the shortest symphony of Beethoven and a delightful and humorous masterpiece. The second half of the concert featured the powerful and mellifluous Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36.
Prior to the concert, CCTV hostess MENG Shengnan and conductor LÜ Jia briefed on the musical life of Beethoven and the programme. Four musicians from the Orchestra were also on the spot to showcase highlights. LÜ Jia also revealed to the audience the performance plan for the upcoming Egmont, which will be performed in its entirety for the first time in China and will meet the high expectations of music fans.
The concert had received over 27 million hits on the NCPA Classical Music Channel and other online platforms
Photo by NIU Xiaobei
Music professionals watched the concert as well. DUAN Zhaoxu, an associate professor at Beijing Normal University, remarked, “By choosing three ‘less-popular’ works of Beethoven for tonight’s concert, NCPA demonstrates its good intentions in allowing people to discover more about Beethoven, who went beyond himself, reviewed the past and looked forward to the future.” Audience left comments, saying, “Beethoven’s works bring tears to my eyes,” “Music heals everything,” and “The music of Beethoven always inspires me with hope and strength.”
This Saturday, the NCPA “Bright Autumn Cadenza” series will present a concert version of La Bohème, leading the audience to experience the immortal charm of Puccini’s opera.