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The undiscovered Beethoven
Beethoven King Stephen Overture
Beethoven Grosse Fuge
Beethoven Ah! Perfido
Beethoven Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Lise Davidsen soprano
Angharad Lyddon mezzo-soprano
Thomas Atkins tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes, but to the young Beethoven, Emperor Joseph II was more than just a monarch. He was liberty’s champion; the herald of a new dawn. Unperformed in the composer’s lifetime, Beethoven’s Cantata is a startlingly powerful meditation on mortality and enlightenment, and a mirror to his heaven-storming Grosse Fuge – in Stravinsky’s words, ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever’. This is Beethoven the radical, the visionary, the eternally young, and Vladimir Jurowski opens the evening with the jubilant King Stephen Overture.
This performance is being broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 7 April and will be available online in the UK for 30 days via iPlayer.