Philharmonia 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 only ballet score for a production of The Creatures of Prometheus in 1801, in just eleven days. It was a huge success, and remained 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, the gift of fire is interpreted as a metaphor for the civilizing power of science and the arts. 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 in a new version by Gerard McBurney.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen appearing at this event

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Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra appearing at this event

One of the top orchestras in the UK. Since its formation in 1945 it has made thousands of recordings, as well as giving over 100 concerts per year.

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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry appearing at this event

Comedian, best-selling author, star of stage, screen & radio, quizmaster, film director and raconteur.

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