For the next instalment in its pioneering Orchestral Theatre series, Aurora Orchestra presents a modern-day phantasmagoria inspired by two early romantic masterpieces. The first half of the production transports us to 1816, the so-called 'year without a summer', in which Shelley conjured the monster that would haunt the world’s collective imagination to the present day. By turns virtuosic, zany, hilarious and spellbindingly beautiful, HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! offers an utterly unique perspective on this great literary icon, with chansonnier Marcus Farnsworth leading us through an unsettling collection of surreal and bloodcurdling bedtime stories.
The shadow cast by Beethoven’s fifth is every bit as profound and far-reaching as that of Shelley’s monster: ‘Splendid beyond measure – this work evokes terror, fright, horror and pain, and awakens endless longing,’ wrote Hoffman in his much-quoted review of an early performance. As the powerful mythology around Beethoven took hold in the decades following his death, it was this symphony, above all others, that epitomised the unattainable power of his music. Hear this epoch-making work afresh as Aurora Orchestra perform it entirely from memory: expect sparks to fly.
Part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre
RepertoireBeethoven: Symphony No.5 (performed from memory)