Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony
Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major (‘Pastoral’)

Pierre Laurent-Aimard piano
Nicholas Collon conductor

Aurora continues its pioneering Orchestral Theatre series with a concert inspired by birdsong.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard gives his first appearance as Southbank Centre Associate Artist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques – arguably the greatest musical exploration of birdsong ever penned.  Brett Dean’s extraordinary Pastoral Symphony combines field recordings of butcherbirds in the Australian outback with a virtuosic score that also rages against the destruction of nature at the hands of humanity.  And Aurora reprises the memorised performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 which electrified audiences at the BBC Proms back in 2015 – see above for a clip!


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