Monday 23 July 2012
7.30pm – c9.45pm
Royal Albert Hall

Classical for starters, Proms on TV

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral', Op 68 (40 mins)
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
    • Daniel Barenboim conductor
  • Pierre Boulez

    Mémoriale ('… explosante-fixe …' Originel) (8 mins)
    • Guy Eshed flute
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
    • Daniel Barenboim conductor
  • Pierre Boulez

    Messagesquisse (8 mins)
    • Hassan Moataz El Molla cello
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
    • Daniel Barenboim conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor (30 mins)
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
    • Daniel Barenboim conductor

About this event

Two familiar iconic masterpieces that embrace and extend the musical possibilites of their day frame two exploratory 20th-century miniatures from Pierre Boulez. Mémoriale was written in the memory of a young flautist colleague, while Messagesquisse spotlights the virtuosity of the orchestra's cellos.

In his 'Pastoral' Symphony Beethoven leads us through an evocation of the Austrian countryside to symphonic euphoria. 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.

 

Please note: For technical reasons, it has been necessary to move the position of tonight's interval, which will now occur after Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse.

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