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Proms 2017 Prom 50: Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry

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Prom 50: Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry
19:30 Mon 21 Aug 2017 Royal Albert Hall
After a triumphant Proms debut with the CBSO last year, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla returns with a programme that sets Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony against a world premiere by Gerald Barry. Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.
After a triumphant Proms debut with the CBSO last year, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla returns with a programme that sets Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony against a world premiere by Gerald Barry. Leila Josefowicz is the soloist in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

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The CBSO and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla explore the theme of political and artistic freedom. Beethoven’s Leonore overture No. 3, written for his rescue opera Fidelio, celebrates the triumph of truth over tyranny in music of radiant beauty, while his Fifth Symphony rewrites the rules for the Classical symphony.

In his new work, maverick composer Gerald Barry sets a text from Fidelio’s Prisoners’ Chorus – including the lines 'Speak softly! We are watched with eyes and ears’, suggesting a resonance with today’s concerns over public surveillance by government bodies. And Leila Josefowicz amps up the drama in the fierce brilliance of Stravinsky’s neo-Classical concerto.

Broadcast on BBC Four, 27 August

Image: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © Frans Jansen

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