Philharmonia Sessions: Beethoven’s Prometheus

202004dec7:30 pm8:30 pmPhilharmonia Sessions: Beethoven’s Prometheus

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An ancient Greek creation story tells of Prometheus, who breathed life into lumps of clay to create human beings, and stole fire from the gods to give them light and understanding.

Beethoven wrote his ballet score for a production of The Creatures of Prometheus in 1801, in just eleven days. It was one of his most popular works throughout his lifetime. Beyond the well-known Overture lies music of Classical grace, including the theme that later became the Finale of the ‘Eroica’ Symphony.

In the ballet, Prometheus calls on Apollo, god of music and dance, the Muses, and a host of other deities to teach his Creatures what it is to be human. To guide us through this timeless but also timely story, our Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by Beethoven superfan Stephen Fry. He retells the myth, and the story of the ballet, in a new script by Gerard McBurney, with whimsical animation by Hillary Leben.


Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Stephen Fry – narrator
Gerard McBurney – script writer
Hillary Leben – animator


BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus (complete ballet)



Pekka Kuusisto – conductor
Nicola Benedetti – violin


BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

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December 4, 2020 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT+00:00)


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