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‘Eroica’ from Memory

‘Eroica’ from Memory

Strauss Metamorphosen
Beethoven Symphony No.3 in Eb major, ‘Eroica’ (performed from memory)

Nicholas Collon conductor

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

Aurora finishes its ‘Eroica’ from Memory tour with a debut performance at the world-renowned Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, culminating a tour that gave the first memorised performance of Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ in the modern era in Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the BBC Proms .

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. The concert opens with Richard Strauss’s 1945 Metamorphosen – an ecstatic, elegiac work for 23 strings that closes with an ‘Eroica’ quotation that mourns the devastation brought about by another, even darker, political regime.

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