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Beethoven’s Eroica

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony, Copland’s Quiet City and a world premiere by Hannah Kendall in the first live Prom of the 2020 season.

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the first live Prom of the 2020 season. Beethoven’s epic Third Symphony sits alongside Copland’s Quiet City and a Basquiat-inspired world premiere from Hannah Kendall. The BBC Singers perform Eric Whitacre's Sleep.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall
Presented by Georgia Mann and Petroc Trelawny

Hannah Kendall: Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama (BBC commission: world premiere)

Eric Whitacre: Sleep*

Aaron Copland: Quiet City

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, ‘Eroica’

BBC Singers*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Chalmers (conductor)*
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra kick off this season’s live offering with a specially-commissioned work by English composer Hannah Kendall. Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama takes as its title a quote from American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s matrix of hieroglyphs, symbols and words, and it launches a voyage across the Atlantic that takes us via Eric Whitacre’s tender Sleep, sung by the BBC Singers, to the expansive, desolate sound-world of Copland’s Quiet City.

For the concert’s climax we plunge into the stormy waters of Beethoven’s revolutionary ‘Eroica’ Symphony, noted by one early reviewer for its ‘strange modulations and violent transitions’ – a passionate musical vision of heroism.

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2 hours, 28 minutes

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Fri 28 Aug 2020 19:30

Music Played

  • Hannah Kendall

    Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Eric Whitacre

    Sleep

    Ensemble: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.55 'Eroica'

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Cello Sonata No 2 in F major, Op 123

    Performer: Mats Lidström. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • Camille Saint-Saens: Music for Cello: Lidstrom/Forsberg.
    • Hyperion.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata No 12 in F major, K 332

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Mozart: Complete Piano Sonatas: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Torelli

    Trumpet Concerto in D major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Thomas Klug. Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
    • Haydn, Hummel etc: Trumpet Concertos: Alison Balsom.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.

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Broadcast

  • Fri 28 Aug 2020 19:30

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