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 this special performance as part of 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.

Friday 22nd July, 7.30pm – Cambridge Summer Music Festival
Saturday 23rd July, 7.30pm – BBC Proms
Friday 4th August, 7.30pm – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

For more information about Aurora’s memorised performances, please find out more on our By Heart page.


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