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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).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Interval

    • Judith Bingham

      The Darkness is no darkness

      Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Performer: Thomas Trotter. Conductor: Stephen Jackson.
      • Judith Bingham - The Secret Garden etc..
      • Naxos.
      • 8570346.
    • Samuel Sebastian Wesley

      Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace

      Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Stephen Jackson.
      • Judith Bingham - The Secret Garden etc..
      • Naxos.
      • 8570346.
    • Brett Dean

      The last days of Socrates (excerpts)

      Australian Broadcasting Corporation recording

  • Part 2

    • Brett Dean

      The Last Days of Socrates

      Performer: John Tomlinson. Performer: Robert Johnston. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Post concert

    • Joseph Haydn

      Keyboard Sonata Number 10 in C major

      Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
      • Haydn - Complete Solo Keyboard Music, Volume 9: Early Divertimento Sonatas.
      • Bis.
      • BISCD1293/1294.
    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Symphony in E Flat Major WQ 179

      Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Rebecca Miller.
      • CPE Bach - Symphonies.
      • Signum Classics.
      • SIBCD395.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata no. 6 in F major Op.10`2

      Performer: Louis Lortie.
      • Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 10 No. 1, etc..
      • Chandos.
      • CHAN9101.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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