BBC Radio 3 launches its 2020 celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Before tonight’s live opera broadcast of David Lang’s Prisoner of the State, we hear all four overtures Beethoven wrote for his 'rescue' opera Fidelio plus music by composers experiencing state censorship or using texts by banned poets. Including works by Shostakovich, Gubaidulina, Britta Bystrom and, after tonight's Opera on 3, Britten and Viktor Ullmann.
Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 2 Op 72a
Britta Byström: Notes from the City of the Sun
Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3 Op 72b
Gubaidulina: Hommage à Marina Tsvetaeva
Shostakovich: Waltz from The Return of Maxim
Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 1 Op.138
BBC Radio 3 launches its 2020 celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven\u2019s birth.