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Proms 2012 Prom 12: Beethoven Cycle – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6

Prom 12: Beethoven Cycle – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
Prom 12: Beethoven Cycle – Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6
19:30 Mon 23 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall
Daniel Barenboim reaches the midpoint of his Beethoven cycle, exploring Nature and Fate in the ‘Pastoral’ and Fifth symphonies.
Daniel Barenboim reaches the midpoint of his Beethoven cycle, exploring Nature and Fate in the ‘Pastoral’ and Fifth symphonies.

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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.