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Beethoven, Boulez

BBC Proms, 2012 Season, Prom 12 Episode 1 of 2

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 July 2012

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim performs two of Beethoven's most popular symphonies alongside two sparkling twentieth-century miniatures by Pierre Boulez.

Beethoven's Symphonies No 6 in F major 'Pastoral' and No. 5 in C minor both broke new ground and have exerted influence on musical greats from Brahms to Berlioz. In his 'Pastoral' Symphony Beethoven evokes the Austrian countryside. During the Second World War the Fifth's opening rhythmic figure became synonymous with 'V for victory' (Morse code's three dots and a dash), the call sign used by the BBC to occupied Europe.

Boulez's Mémoriale was written in memory of a young flautist colleague, while Messagesquisse spotlights the virtuosity of the orchestra's cellos.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'
Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale ('...explosante-fixe...'Originel)
Pierre Boulez: Messagesquisse

Guy Eshed (flute)
Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Friday 27th July at 2pm.



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