Thursday 27th February 2020
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Tickets from £14.50 (including booking fees)
Thursday 27 February 2020 - 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time = 9.30pm
Beethoven - Tremate, Empi, Tremate: Trio for soprano, tenor and bass with orchestra
Beethoven - Symphony No.8 *
Beethoven - Fidelio: Act II
Sir Mark Elder; Ben Gernon *
Simon O’Neill as Florestan, tenor
Rachel Nicholls as Leonore, soprano
Brindley Sherratt as Rocco, bass
Derek Welton as Don Pizarro, bass
Gemma Summerfield as Marzelline, soprano
Ben Johnson as Jacquino, tenor
James Platt as Don Fernando, bass
Sir Mark shares the podium for the next instalment of the Beethoven symphonies with Ben Gernon, Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Three of the stellar cast of singers open the concert with a real rarity Tremate, Empi, Tremate, a setting, unusually for Beethoven, of an Italian text. It is a dramatic trio with orchestra written, when studying with Salieri, as a preparation for writing operas. Later revised, it was first performed in the same concert as the Eighth Symphony in 1814, the year when Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, was also premiered in its final version. Supposedly based on a true incident during the French Revolution, it’s an uplifting story of a wife’s heroism in rescuing her imprisoned husband from the jaws of death. Beethoven takes every dramatic opportunity to give us music of courage, love and, ultimately, celebration.
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