BBC Proms
10 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 34 Prom 34: Dutilleux, HK Gruber and Beethoven

Prom 34


19:30 Wednesday 10 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Henri Dutilleux 1916–2013
  • Timbres, espace, mouvement (20 mins)
  • HK Gruber b.1943
  • Busking
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
  • Symphony No 5 in C minor Symphony No 5 in C minor Also known as: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (35 mins)

Two centuries on, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has lost none of its shattering power. A tirade against destiny, it remains one of the most compelling yet perfect musical arguments ever created. Sakari Oramo conducts it here, after the pulsating drive of HK Gruber’s Busking, performed by Håkan Hardenberger, the soloist for whom it was created.

But, to start, music of pictorial delicacy: Henri Dutilleux’s sonic reproduction of the cosmic, whirling effect of Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night.

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