BBC SO - Beethoven, Brett Dean
Live from the Barbican, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by John Storgards. Beethoven: Symphony No 8. Brett Dean: The Last Days of Socrates (with John Tomlinson: bass).
Live from the Barbican
Presented by Christopher Cook
Legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for the UK premiere of Brett Dean's The Last Day of Socrates. Plus Beethoven's 8th Symphony. John Storgards conducts.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
c.8.10pm: Interval - Christopher Cook talks with Brett Dean about his cantata based upon the trial of the Greek philosopher Socrates.
Brett Dean: The Last Days of Socrates (UK Premiere)
Beethoven's exuberant Eighth Symphony comes as a bright shaft of sunshine between the stormy Seventh and complex Ninth. John Storgårds, Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic, follows Beethoven's great affirmation with a work of valediction: Brett Dean's The Last Days of Socrates. Written for legendary bass Sir John Tomlinson, this cantata dramatises Socrates's trial, with double chorus accusing him of corrupting the city's youth. Socrates makes an emotional defence of his right to an enquiring mind and freedom of speech before drinking from the hemlock cup.
Brett Dean is Artist in Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Sir John Tomlinson (bass)
Robert Johnston (tenor)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
John Storgards (conductor).