The beauties of nature, romantic style

Thunderstorms, sea-spray, nightingales and country dances. Laurence Cummings and Academy of Ancient Music join Mendelssohn and Beethoven to celebrate the beauties of nature, romantic style.

For the Romantic generation, nature was all about personal experience. Felix Mendelssohn tasted the salt on his tongue when he took a boat trip to the Hebrides. Beethoven said that his Pastoral symphony was ‘more an impression of feelings than a painting’ – but its vibrant colours have made it one of the best-loved of all Romantic symphonies.

And until you’ve heard it played on period instruments, you’ve no idea just how glorious those colours can sound. Laurence Cummings takes the Academy of Ancient Music on a rare adventure into the nineteenth century: joining violinist and AAM leader Bojan Čičić in Mendelssohn’s exuberant concerto, and relishing all the serenity, power and (yes!) fun of Beethoven’s very personal hymn to nature.

A free pre-concert talk will take place at 6.30pm at the Fountain Room on Level G.

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Bojan Čičić, violin
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Academy of Ancient Music
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Laurence Cummings, conductor
Concert details
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Op.26
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’
Bojan Čičić violin
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings conductor
Concert date(s)
Barbican Hall, London
Friday, 30 June 2023 | 7.30pm
Tickets: £50 – £5
Box office: 020 7101 1188