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.