classical music

Prometheus

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Two works inspired by an ancient Greek creation story open the Philharmonia Orchestra's 2020/21 season.

The two contrasting pieces tell the tale of Prometheus, who breathed life into clay to create human beings, and stole fire from the gods to give them light and understanding.

Beethoven wrote his only ballet score in 1801, for an allegory in which Prometheus brings two statues to life 'through art and knowledge... by the power of harmony'.

Beyond the well-known overture lies music of Classical grace, including the theme that later became the finale of the Eroica Symphony.

Scriabin envelops his audience not just in metaphorical light, but in the colours he associated with different pitches and harmonies – his Prometheus features a part for the 'luce', or colour organ.

Yuja Wang, renowned for her captivating stage presence, joins the orchestra with a virtuosic solo piano part in the first concert of the Philharmonia's Origin Stories: Greek Myth in Music series.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Yuja Wang piano
Philharmonia Voices

Repertoire

Programme includes: -
Beethoven: Excerpts from The Creatures of Prometheus ballet music
Interval
Scriabin: Prometheus (The Poem of Fire) for piano, chorus, organ & orchestra

Dates & times

24 Sep 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more

where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12 - £58
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

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Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s London Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

Concessions

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Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 5 events (10% discount); 6 – 8 events (15% discount); 9 – 11 events (20% discount); 12 – 14 events (25% discount); 15 or more events (30% discount). Events must be in the 2020/21 season. Please note these savings exclude Christmas concerts (13 December 2020), Gaspard’s Foxtrot (20 February 2021), Music of Today: Tyshawn Sorey and Music of Today: Víkingur Ólafsson (25 February 2021) and Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius (25 June 2021). Not available on Premium seats.

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Related events
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: Insights Talk. Admission free