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Prom 12 - Beethoven, Boulez

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, peform Beethoven's Symphonies No.5 and 6, 'Pastoral' and Pierre Boulez's haunting Memoriale and Messagesquisse.

With Louise Fryer

Another chance to hear the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim perform two of Beethoven's iconic symphonies alongside two sparkling twentieth miniatures by Pierre Boulez.

Beethoven's Symphonies No 6 in F major 'Pastoral' and No. 5 in C minor both broke new ground and have exerted influence on musical greats from Brahms to Berlioz. In his 'Pastoral' Symphony Beethoven evokes the Austrian countryside. 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.

Boulez's Mémoriale was written in memory of a young flautist colleague, while Messagesquisse spotlights the virtuosity of the orchestra's cellos.

Presented by Tom Service

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale ('...explosante-fixe...'Originel)

Pierre Boulez: Messagesquisse

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Guy Eshed (flute)
Hassan Moataz El Molla (cello)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes