Andris Nelsons is leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a programme dedicated to the intriguing mythological figure of Prometheus as part of the thematic concert series Man and Myth. In addition to Beethoven and Skryabin’s Prométhée for light organ, piano, chorus and orchestra, Brett Dean’s spectacular trumpet concerto Dramatis personae also features on the programme.
In the thematic series Man and Myth, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is focusing on mythological figures who have had a major influence on our culture thanks to the great Greek tragedians. Aeschylus described the intriguing figure of Prometheus who stole fire to give it to man and who is the focal point of this programme.
Andris Nelsons is conducting Prométhée, le poème du feu, a large-scale symphonic poem by Skryabin scored not just for symphony orchestra, but also for piano and chorus, while a light organ provides colours to accompany the music. In the only ballet Beethoven ever wrote, Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus, Prometheus imparts art and civilisation to mankind. The conflict between the masses and a leader forms the basis of Brett Dean’s trumpet concerto Dramatis personae, which culminates in an exciting dialogue between soloist Håkan Hardenberger and the Concertgebouw Orchestra.