In a highlight from the 2017 BBC Proms, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and their music director, Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, explore the theme of political and artistic freedom through three masterpieces by Beethoven and Stravinsky and a world premiere by Irish composer Gerald Barry.
The evening begins with Leonore Overture No. 3, the fiery opening to Beethoven's opera Fidelio about the triumph of truth over tyranny. The celebrated violinist Leila Josefowicz then performs Stravinsky's neoclassical Violin Concerto in D Major: commissioned for the young Polish virtuoso Samuel Dushkin, the work was composed and premiered by in 1931, then later choreographed by George Balanchine as "Balustrade" in 1941. The renowned English tenor Allan Clayton joins the CBSO and Gražinytė-Tyla for the world premiere of Gerald Barry's Canada for tenor and orchestra (a BBC commission), a work that uses the text from Fidelio's Prisoners' Chorus to explore revolutionary events in Canada's history. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor—a revolutionary work that rewrote the rules for the Classical symphony—brings the evening to a majestic close.
Photo: Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla
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