Past event: Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Mozart Ballet Music from ‘Idomeneo’ (excerpts)
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor (from memory)

Imogen Cooper piano
Nicholas Collon conductor

We return to the Concertgebouw with a programme including Beethoven’s fifth symphony performed from memory.

Perhaps the most famous symphony of all? Those iconic opening four notes propel us headlong into a thrilling ride, one that is familiar enough to have lost some of its power to shock. But what new worlds open up when the orchestral players perform without music in front of them! All standing, freed from the shackles of printed music on stands in order to communicate better with each other and us the audience, Aurora goes deeper into this revolutionary, explosive music by committing it to memory.

To precede it, one of the UK’s most celebrated pianists, Imogen Cooper,  joins the orchestra in the grandeur and elegance of Mozart’s C-minor concerto.

‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ (The New York Times)

Discover more about our memorised performances at our By Heart page.