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BBC Symphony: Dramatis personae


BBC Symphony: Dramatis personae

  • Date: Friday, 5 December 2014, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Barbican Hall (London) — Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom

Event Details

The theatre links the three vivid works in this program. Shakespeare was a creative lodestar to Berlioz, encountered first through a Parisian staging of Romeo and Juliet: ‘The raging vendettas, the desperate kisses, the frantic strife of love and death was more than I could bear.’ The result was his masterly choral symphony, excerpts of which are performed here.

In Brett Dean’s Dramatis Personae (2013) all roles are taken by peerless trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, for whom it was composed. The trumpet appears as a fallen super-hero and accidental revolutionary in dynamic and often comic interractions with the orchestra.

Prokofiev’s Third Symphony grew out of his thwarted opera The Fiery Angel. Inspired by a story of diabolical possession, the symphony plays out the themes of struggle, combat and reflection using vast orchestral forces, brilliantly scored.

Featured non-Australian music: Berlioz, Prokofiev

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Featured Australian Works

Dramatis personae : music for trumpet and orchestra (2013) by Brett Dean
— performed by Håkan Hardenberger, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Featured artists

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