Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Live from the Barbican Hall London
A new concerto to catch the ear, written for tonight's pianist - Nicolas Hodges - and two contrasting views of the heroic add strong spice to this programme. Ilan Volkov's choice of works opens with Britten's rarely-heard Ballad of Heroes, a choral setting of words by Auden and Swingler honouring British members of the anti-fascist International Brigade killed during the Spanish Civil War while Beethoven's mighty 3rd Symphony is nicknamed 'Eroica' - 'Heroic'.
Beethoven - Symphony no.3 in Eb major 'Eroica'
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
Toby Spence (tenor)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).