Beethoven Overture, Fidelio Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte Schoenberg A Survivor from Warsaw Nono Julius Fučík Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Vladimir Jurowski conductor Robert Hayward narrator (Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte & A Survivor from Warsaw) Omar Ebrahim Fučík (Julius Fučík) Malcolm Sinclair Voice (Julius Fučík) Annabel Arden director Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir
Few composers have done more to overthrow tyrannies both real and creative than Schoenberg and Beethoven. Images of the misuse of power pervade Schoenberg’s outspoken Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte, a cutting, visceral creation after Byron that was created in political circumstances but more functionally designed to mark 20 years of the League of Composers. Most members of that organisation had been freed to some extent by the theoretical upheavals of Beethoven, whose mighty Fifth Symphony changed the way music was conceived – in the head and on the stage. Freedom reigns in this evening of powerful musical gestures.
Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski reveals the themes of human struggle and freedom that link the works in the programme:
Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall Composer and academic Silvina Milstein looks at the works of Nono and Schoenberg.
Free Barlines post-concert event | Level 2 The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall Artists involved in the performance will discuss the evening’s programme.
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