Nelsons conducts Beethoven and Scriabin
The Prometheus myth, endlessly evocative, has seen musical adaptations in every era. Prometheus steals the sacred fire of Olympia, the knowledge of the gods, and shares it with mortal men: the advent of human civilization. To punish him for his transgression, Zeus binds him to a rock and condemns him to a gruesome and merciless fate: every day, an eagle devours his liver (thought to be the seat of human emotions), which grows back each night so that his suffering repeats daily. While Beethoven (in the only ballet he ever wrote) sees the myth as the torment of the artist, gnawed by doubt and ceaselessly recreating his own universe, Scriabin moulds it into a symphonic poem with accompanying lightshow a century later. More recently, contemporary composer Brett Dean recasts the role of the superhero facing down the whole world in Dramatis Personae. Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra joins Håkan Hardenberger on the trumpet for Dean's work and Pierre-Laurent Aimard on the piano in Scriabin. PROGRAM BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus Op.43 BRETT DEAN Dramatis personae^ SCRIABIN Prometheus The Poem of Fire Op.60* ARTISTS Andris Nelsons, conductor Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet^ Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano* Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Netherlands Radio Choir*
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