Philharmonia Sessions: Beethoven’s Prometheus
The Philharmonia is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Based in London at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
The Philharmonia Sessions – a series of critically acclaimed free, pre-recorded digital performances, conceived and created especially for an online audience.
Today's concert: Live Stream starts @7:30pm BST on Protected content
Program: BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus (complete ballet Protected content duration
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 Protected content , 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.
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