This concert took place in the concert hall without a live audience: you can (re)watch the livestream until 12 March.

🎟️🎫 Tickets (€5) available.

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A monument of heavenly grandeur, ‘Ein Ungeheuer’ (a monster), full of celestial dimensions, too long and too difficult, obsessive, splendid...A sampling of reactions to Schubert’s 9th Symphony, ‘the Great’, are spot on: this monumental work leaves no one untouched.

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All must recognize that it reveals to us something more than beautiful song, mere joy and sorrow, such as music has always expressed in a hundred ways; it leads us into regions which - to our best recollection - we had never before explored.” Robert Schumann on Schubert's 9th Symphony

In May 1824, Beethoven’s revolutionary 9th Symphony had its première. The young Franz Schubert was present, and was enormously impressed. It was impossible not to be inspired or influenced by the approach, the scale and the impact of that work – and Schubert began writing what would become his own 9th Symphony. He died in November 1828, a few months after making his final revisions, without ever having heard it performed.

Fortunately, some ten years later Robert Schumann found the 130-page thick manuscript and immediately realized that he was holding a masterpiece in his hands. Mendelssohn conducted the premiere, and although it took some time for the symphony to win over the hearts of the audiences, Schumann believed in its potential: "This work demonstrates the composer’s mastery, and in time its connection will all become clear."

He was right. Today, Schubert’s musical legacy is universally recognized: one continuous work of energy whose length and structure creates a perfect canvas for listeners to lose themselves in a torrent of lyricism.

programme

Franz Schubert
Sinfonie Nr. 9 (8) C-Dur D 944 "Die Große"

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BBC podcast

The Spirit Of Schubert: BBC Radio 3 tells you everything you need to know about Franz Schubert. These free downloads will cover every aspect of the life of one of the greatest ever composers.

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Want to know more about Schubert's life's work? This article will broaden your understanding of the man and his compositions in a compelling way.

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The Brussels Philharmonic musicians on stage for tonight's concert.

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This concert will take place in the concert hall, even without a live audience: you can watch the concert via the livestream.

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Livestream available until 12 March.