Pablo Heras-Casado Conducts Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Tokyo

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the NHK Symphony Orchestra, presenting four (sold-out) concerts of the remarkable Beethoven 9th Symphony in Tokyo.

On December 23, 25, 26, they will perform, together with Japanese soloists and the New National Theatre Chorus, at the NHK Hall, and on December 27 at the Suntory Hall. For their last appearance prior to Beethoven 9th Symphony, there will be two organ pieces played by the pipe organ of the hall, first Bach: the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 and the second the Chorale Jesus bleibet meine Freude from Cantata BWV 147, transcribed for organ by Maurice Duruflé. The first of the four concerts will be live broadcast on Japanese television and radio NHK, as well as streaming.

Heras-Casado is the first non-Japanese conductor to perform with the NHK Symphony Orchestra since the start of the pandemic, after a year of recording dedicated to the genius of Bonn he has been awarded three Record Geijutsu, first prize in the Symphony category (for his 9th Symphony), and in the Concerto category  (for his Piano Concerto no.4), with Harmonia Mundi.