Schönberg Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, ‘Eroica’, Op. 55 (from memory)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Samuel West narrator
Nicholas Collon conductor


Continuing our Orchestral Theatre series, we explore the rise and fall of the hero with acclaimed pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. This richly theatrical performance sparks a conversation across the centuries, pairing Beethoven’s majestic Fourth Piano Concerto and a memorised performance of his pioneering Eroica Symphony, with Schoenberg’s arresting Ode to Napoleon, composed in 1942 in fierce political protest against Nazi oppression.

This concert is part of Beethoven and the Avant-Garde, a project at Southbank Centre celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday curated by Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre is generously supported by Nicholas & Margo Snowman and the Aurora Patrons & Friends.


The Orchestral Theatre
Since 2016 as Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre, we have staged a richly varied collection of Orchestral Theatre productions that span diverse musical genres and art forms. These orchestral adventures offer bold new ways to experience classical music, incorporating elements of design, film, spoken word, theatrical lighting and choreography.

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