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Prom 50: Beethoven, Stravinsky and Gerald Barry

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with works by Stravinsky and Gerald Barry.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla perform Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, with works by Stravinsky and Gerald Barry.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Beethoven: Overture 'Leonore' No.3
Stravinsky: Violin concerto in D major

c.8.10pm Interval: PROMS EXTRA
Louise Fryer talks to the composer Gerald Barry about his new work. Recorded earlier in the evening at Imperial College.

c.8.30pm: Part 2
Gerald Barry: Canada (BBC commission, world premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor

Leila Josefowicz (violin)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

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 is inspired by revolutionary events in Canada's history, also setting the text from Fidelio's Prisoners' Chorus; and violinist Leila Josefowicz amps up the drama in the fierce brilliance of Stravinsky's neo-Classical concerto.

Producer Janet Tuppen.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 50:41

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture 'Leonore' No. 3, Op 72b

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Violin Concerto in D major

    Performer: Leila Josefowicz. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Excerpt from Lachen Verlernt

    Performer: Leila Josefowicz.
  • Interval

    Duration: 22:35

  • Part 2

    Duration: 52:04

  • Gerald Barry

    Canada

    Performer: Allan Clayton. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 5 in C minor

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Air from Suite No. 3 in D major BWV1068

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
  • Post-Concert

    Duration: 24:40

  • Post-concert

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No 28 in A major, Op 101

      Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • AMADEO.

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