Nothing could be more symbolic than opening with Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony: left incomplete by the composer, wrapped in a haze of mystery, but also powerful and deeply romantic.

The legendary conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt described this symphony as a piece with the “strangeness, surprise and shock of a stone that comes from the moon.” The work was absolutely innovative, but at the same reflects the spirit of the age in which it was written: melodious, romantic, bursting with emotions and feelings.

Tangible proof – even after nearly 200 years – that something that comes to an abrupt halt seems nevertheless to be full of beauty and power that stands the test of time.


Franz Schubert
Sinfonie Nr. 7 h-Moll D.759 “Unvollendete”

James MacMillan
Alpha and Omega
with Vlaams Radiokoor conducted by Bart Van Reyn

James MacMillan
The Death of Oscar

Johannes Brahms
Nänie, op. 82
with Vlaams Radiokoor

19:30 pre-concert talk Sander De Keere & Stéphane Denève & Bart Van Reyn
21:45 Happy Hour!
After the concert, we invite everyone - audience, musicians, singers and conductors - to raise a glass together and catch up at the bars inside Flagey. It's our treat during this Happy Hour!
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Listen to these different recordings & discover the evolution in approach: New York Philharmonic & Bruno Walter (1961), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1991), Orchestra of the 18th century & Franz Brüggen (2006):

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Only two movements were completed, but Schubert's eighth symphony stands as one of the greatest, and strangest, of the genre, writes Tom Service.

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Read the words to Nänie, written by Friedrich Schiller.

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alpha and omega

Read the words to Alpha and Omega in English, French and Dutch.

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Venue: Studio 4, Flagey

Location: Place Sainte Croix Heilig Kruisplein | 1050 Brussels
Telephone: +32 2 641 10 20

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