The Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra will open the year with Beethoven
Concert. This year, the world is celebrating the 250th anniversary of one of the
geniuses of classical composing art and one of the cornerstones of symphonic
music, Ludwig van Beethoven. One of Beethoven's most famous works, Symphony No.
5, will be performed at the February 21 concert. It will be led by Grammy
Award-winner, Beethoven music expert John Nelson, one of the best conductors of
our time. Before he managed to perform with the ANPO and the three choirs in
Armenia in 2009 and was loved by our audience. In addition to Beethoven's 5th
symphony, the concert will feature Nielsen's "Masquerade" prelude (Armenian
premiere) and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17. The soloist for this concert is
German pianist Andreas Froelich.
last time John Nelson performed with ANPO 11 years ago and during the press
conference, he marked that orchestra developed so much. "The program is very
beautiful because it begins with a brilliant overture called masquerade. 5th
symphony. I must say that I am very proud of this Orchestra because Beethoven's
Symphony N. 5 is challenging and difficult. Beethoven was difficult, aggressive
person and wasn't comfortable for society. All you find it on this Symphony.
This orchestra has come to this interpretation and they are going to perform it
fantastic. It is a big privilege to work with Andreas, we didn't play together
Andreas Froelich said that during the years he performed with ANPO but only
under the baton of Eduard Topchjan and it is a big honor to play with John
Nelson. "We met only yesterday and the impression that we worked together for
many years. I live in the city where he was born, in Bonn. For me, Beethoven's
anniversary is every year not just this year. My deep understanding of
Beethoven, his works make you a better human being, he breaks the rules,
conventions that we knew until now. At the same time, he had a lot of sense of
2020 will be marked by the 95th anniversary of the Armenian National
Philharmonic Orchestra and the 250th anniversary of Beethoven. On this occasion,
the orchestra will produce the "Pilgrimage to Beethoven" festival.
The orchestra will perform Beethoven's nine symphonies, a number of concerts,
and will present the chamber and vocal legacy of the composer in various concert
halls of Armenia. In addition to the Philharmonic Orchestra, other leading
Armenian musicians will also perform at the festival.
a two-day conference will be held in Dilijan with the participation of Beethoven
experts invited from Europe and many interesting events will take place within
the festival. The artistic directors of the Beethoven Festival are conductors
Zaven Vardanyan and Eduard Topchjan.
The festival will be held with the support of the Ministry of Education,
Science, Culture, and Sport of the Republic of Armenia.