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Introduction – Yannick Nézet-Séguin

A Summer of Beethoven a great musical event

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, artistic director and conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain, invites you to this series of unique concerts, recorded in the Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

A Summer of Beethoven (1/4) – Symphonies No. 2 & 4

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 2

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 4

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Under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Beethoven composed his Symphony No. 2 while coming to terms with his incurable deafness. But what comes through is a spark and energy from an artist who knew that he had everything to give, and nothing else to lose.

Refined, Symphony No. 4 is nothing short of impressive thanks to its exceptional inspiration and mastery.

A Summer of Beethoven (2/4) – Symphonies No. 5 & 6

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 5

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 6

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Da-da-da-dum: these are the four notes that symbolize Beethoven’s symphonic style. Symphony No. 5 takes the listener on a symphonic roller coaster ride.

In Symphony No. 6, also known as the “Pastoral,” the listener joins Beethoven on one of his famous walks to discover streams, village festivals, storms and shepherds’ songs.

A Summer of Beethoven (3/4) – Symphonies No. 7 & 8

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 7
COMING SOON

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 8
COMING SOON

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Under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Imposing and majestic, Symphony No. 7 has thunderbolts, dark passages, folk melodies and rays of light.

While it can be tempting to describe Symphony No. 8 as lightweight, its harmonic friction, lack of a slow movement and hefty last movement make it more of an experimental work.

A Summer of Beethoven (4/4) – Symphonies No. 1 & 3

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 1
COMING SOON

Pre-concert talk – Symphony No. 3
COMING SOON

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Under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 is firmly rooted in the classical tradition, but features contrasts and a hint of insolence that forecasts what’s to come.

Two proud and brave chords break the silence and set the tone for Beethoven’s great Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” at once cathartic and revolutionary.

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