About This Event
No symphony pulses more vigorously with the rhythms of political protest than Beethoven's 'Eroica', whose defiant opening chords mark the arrival of the Romantic symphony. In their novel introduction, BBC Radio 3's Tom Service and conductor Nicholas Collon dismantle and reassemble this groundbreaking work, with the help of live excerpts, before the Aurora Orchestra gets under the skin of the work by performing the complete symphony from memory.
The concert also includes Richard Strauss's 1945 Metamorphosen. Scored for 23 solo strings, this ecstatic, elegiac work closes with an 'Eroica' quotation that mourns the devastation brought about by another, even darker, political regime.
Please note that this event contains an update to the concert running order from that in BBC Proms 2017 Festival Guide
Tickets for this Prom are now very limited. However, weekend Promming passes are still available which guarantee entry into this Prom up to 30 minutes before the performance starts. See below for more details.
Broadcast on BBC Four, 18 August
Image: Nicholas Collon © Jim Hinson