Beethoven Unleashed

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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
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
David Zinman (conductor)

Britta Byström: Notes from the City of the Sun
Malin Byström (soprano)
Malmo Symphony Orchestra
Eun Sun Kim (conductor)

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 3 Op 72b
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Nicolas Harnoncourt (conductor)

Gubaidulina: Hommage à Marina Tsvetaeva
Danish National Symphony Choir
Stefan Parkman (conductor)

Shostakovich: Waltz from The Return of Maxim
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian (conductor)

Beethoven: Leonora Overture No. 1 Op.138
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Daniel Harding (conductor)

BBC Radio 3 launches its 2020 celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven\u2019s birth.