Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
Join Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich and the NZSO for a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony.
51 minutes 43 seconds
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'
Hamish McKeich Conductor
Beethoven's Sixth Symphony is a musical flowering of Beethoven's love of nature. As the composer himself once said:
No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.
In crafting this symphony, Beethoven follows a time-honoured tradition of pastoral or nature-inspired program music – compositions that evoke or depict a specific non-musical story or scenario. This masterpiece transports listeners to a world where music and nature become one.