Proms 2020
28 Aug 2020, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2020 Live Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’

Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’
Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’
19:30 Fri 28 Aug 2020 Royal Albert Hall
Sakari Oramo leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the first live Prom of the season. Beethoven’s epic ‘Eroica’ Symphony sits alongside Copland’s Quiet City, Eric Whitacre’s Sleep and a Basquiat-inspired world premiere from Hannah Kendall.
Sakari Oramo leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the first live Prom of the season. Beethoven’s epic ‘Eroica’ Symphony sits alongside Copland’s Quiet City, Eric Whitacre’s Sleep and a Basquiat-inspired world premiere from Hannah Kendall.

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About This Event

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra kick off this season’s live offering with a specially commissioned work by English composer Hannah Kendall. Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama – its title a quote from American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic matrix of hieroglyphs, symbols and words – launches a voyage across the Atlantic that takes us via Eric Whitacre’s tender Sleep, sung by the BBC Singers, to the expansive, desolate sound-world of Copland’s Quiet City.

For the concert’s climax we plunge into the stormy waters of Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony, noted by one early reviewer for its ‘strange modulations and violent transitions’ – a passionate musical vision of heroism.

It will not be possible to have audiences at the Royal Albert Hall.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 7.30pm &
on BBC Two at 8.00pm

Image: Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega