Benedict Nelson baritone
Nicholas Collon conductor
Britten Sinfonietta Op. 1
Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in Eb major, ‘Eroica’ (performed from memory)
Aurora debuts at Festival Berlioz with a concert exploring power and madness. The orchestral evening includes Peter Maxwell Davies’ shocking Eight Songs for a Mad King that depicts the painful unravelling of a monarch’s mind, and ends with Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony of revolutionary heroism – a monumental work originally dedicated to Napoleon, but then furiously rededicated ‘to celebrate the memory of a great man’ after Beethoven became disillusioned with the leader’s loss of humanist ideals.
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