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Beethoven Unleashed

BBC Radio 3 launches its 2020 celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with overtures for his 'rescue' opera Fidelio. Plus music reflecting political oppression.

BBC Radio 3 launches its 2020 celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Before tonight’s live opera broadcast of David Lang’s Prisoner of the State, we hear all four overtures Beethoven wrote for his 'rescue' opera Fidelio plus music by composers experiencing state censorship or using texts by banned poets. Including works by Shostakovich, Gubaidulina, Britta Bystrom and, after tonight's Opera on 3, Britten and Viktor Ullmann.

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 2 Op 72a
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
David Zinman (conductor)

Britta Byström: Notes from the City of the Sun
Malin Byström (soprano)
Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Eun Sun Kim (conductor)

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3 Op 72b
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nicolas Harnoncourt (conductor)

Gubaidulina: Hommage à Marina Tsvetaeva
Danish National Symphony Choir
Stefan Parkman (conductor)

Shostakovich: Waltz from The Return of Maxim
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian (conductor)

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 1 Op.138
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Daniel Harding (conductor)

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Sat 11 Jan 2020 18:30

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonora Overture No.2 Op.72a 1805

    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • ARTE NOVA.
  • Britta Byström

    Notes from the City of the Sun

    Singer: Malin Byström. Orchestra: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Conductor: Eun Sun Kim.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonora Overture No.3 Op 72

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva - All Magnificence

    Performer: Stefan Parkman. Singer: Marianne Lund. Singer: Annette Simonsen. Singer: Kim Giles Nandfred. Singer: Jorgen Ditlevsen. Choir: Danish National Symphony Choir.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    Hommage a Marina Tsvetayeva - Interlude

    Performer: Stefan Parkman. Singer: Marianne Lund. Singer: Annette Simonsen. Singer: Kim Giles Nandfred. Singer: Jorgen Ditlevsen. Choir: Danish National Symphony Choir.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Return of Maxim Waltz

    Orchestra: Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Constantine Orbelian.
    • DELOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonora Overture No.1

    Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.

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