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Performer: Gerard McBurney

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LondonBeethoven’s Prometheus

Stephen Fry © Philharmonia Orchestra
Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Stephen Fry; Gerard McBurney; Hillary Leben
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Salonen leads the Philharmonia in an animated Prometheus

Stephen Fry © Philharmonia Orchestra
Trying to rekindle the public’s interest for a rarely played work, Salonen and his collaborators took an unusual approach.
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Twilight draws on LA Phil’s look back at Weimar Germany

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen look back at the dwindling twilight years of the Weimar Republic. 
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A resurrection of a Hollywood oddity by Rattle and the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle © Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO
Sir Simon Rattle’s resurrection of a Hollywood extravaganza, the Genesis Suite, entertains at the Barbican. 
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Hallé goes “beyond the score”

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
"Muddle instead of music": three foreboding words laden with threat and designed to destroy the reputation of a promising composer writing in the grip of the Iron Fist. 
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Prom 52: An excellent evening of innovation from Elder and the Hallé

Henry Goodman with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Halle orchestra combined forces with a troup of actors to deliver a Beyond The Score analysis & performance of Dvorak's famous 9th Symphony (from the New World.)
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McBurney paints a blank canvas in Aix

Paul Appleby (Tom), Hilary Summers (Mother Goose) and Chorus © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Simon McBurney's production of The Rake's Progress for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence begins with the equivalent of a blank page – a simple white paper box onto which he pours his inspiration.
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