Presented by Jonathan Swain.
Andris Nelsons conducts the CBSO in Beethoven's Prometheus and Symphony No 5. Jennifer Pike joins them in The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams.
With the very first notes of his Eroica Symphony, Beethoven blew the world of music wide open. It was supposed to be about Napoleon - but the real hero of this musical revolution is Beethoven himself! The programme starts with the Eroica in embryo, in Beethoven's Prometheus music, and then something completely different. Vaughan Williams's hugely popular The Lark Ascending distils the tranquility of the English countryside to its purest essence.
Beethoven: Prometheus - Overture & Ballet Music
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)
Jennifer Pike, violin
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Followed by music from the BBC SO's Diverse Orchestras programme.