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Beethoven Prometheus Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Sunday 25 August
  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately

Celebrated Belgian early-music conductor René Jacobs rejects the academic coolness of some period performance in favour of bright colours, dramatic energy and a sometimes unconventional approach.

While remaining faithful to his music's historical roots, Jacobs emphasises emotion and meaning, finding fresh perspectives on wellknown pieces – an ideal match for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra's respected reputation in this repertoire.

Together they perform the last of Haydn's 'London' symphonies, a work of splendour and grandeur whose fi nal movement evokes the cries from the capital's street hawkers that the composer found so memorable.

Beethoven based his ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus on the Greek fire-stealing myth, and its story is conveyed in bold music full of drama and verve.

'the Scottish Chamber Orchestra brought playing of peerless precision to the music of both composers... a fascinating concert, superbly performed'

The Herald

Usher Hall

Lothian Road



Scottish Chamber Orchestra

René Jacobs Conductor

Haydn Symphony No 104 'London'
Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus

Jan Cossiers Prometheus carrying fire
Image: Art Resource, NY

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