4th Concert 2020
Due to growing concerns about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we have decided to cancel the event. The concert broadcast will be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding.
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Soloist: Jonathan Kelly
Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, o. op. 144
Jonathan Kelly oboe
Ludwig van Beethoven
Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85
Iwona Sobotka soprano
Benjamin Bruns tenor
David Soar baritone
Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master
Christus am Ölberge
is the only oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven. The work was first performed in Vienna on April 5, 1803, a Tuesday during Holy Week, but was not published until 1811. Therefore it carries the relatively high opus number 85 in Beethoven's catalogue of works. Beethoven sent his pupil Ferdinand Ries with the trombone parts to the rehearsing orchestra on the morning of the premiere day, after he had worked them out the night before. Prince Karl Lichnowsky, who was present at the rehearsals, provided the exhausted musicians with sandwiches, cold meat and wine.