Strauss Metamorphosen
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in Eb major (‘Eroica’)

Nicholas Collon conductor
Tom Service

“Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.” (David Allen, The New York Times)

No symphony pulses more vigorously with the rhythms of political protest than Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’, whose defiant opening chords mark the arrival of the Romantic symphony. For these special performances as part of the BBC Proms and Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Aurora harnesses the remarkable potential of memorised performance to get under the skin of this groundbreaking work, with Radio 3’s Tom Service and Nicholas Collon presenting.  The concert opens with Richard Strauss’s 1945 MetamorphosenScored for 23 solo strings, this ecstatic, elegiac work closes with an ‘Eroica’ quotation that mourns the devastation brought about by another, even darker, political regime.

Fri 21 July, 7.30pm – Cambridge Summer Music Festival
Sat 22 July, 7.30pm – BBC Proms
Fri 4 August, 7.30pm – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Tue 22 August, 9.00pm – Festival Berlioz, Isère

For Festival Berlioz, we perform a different programme with the Eroica:

B. Britten Sinfonietta Op. 1
P. Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in Eb major (‘Eroica’)

Discover more about our memorised performances at our By Heart page.


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