The man of destiny
 

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Sat 1.10.2016, 8 p.m., 2016-10-1T20:00 Beethovenhalle

The man of destiny

Chantal Santon (Soprano)
Caroline Meng (Mezzo-soprano)
Artavazd Sargsyan (Tenor)
Tomislav Lavoie (Bass)
Vlaams Radio Koor
Hervé Niquet (choral rehearsals)
Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth (Conductor)

Étienne-Nicolas Méhul:
Overture to »Les Amazones«

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony no. 5 in C minor, op. 67

Étienne-Nicolas Méhul:
‘Messe solennelle pour le sacre de Napoléon’ for solo voices, chorus and orchestra

Napoleon was of huge importance to both composers. He was a friend and patron to Étienne-Nicolas Méhul, the leading composer of the French Revolution; and to Beethoven he was an almost mythical role model – as long as he upheld the ideals of the Revolution. The way these attitudes affected the music of both composers is impressively demonstrated by François-Xavier Roth and his period ensemble Les Siècles. They will contrast Méhul‘s lavishly scored ‘Messe solennelle’, written for the imperial coronation, with Beethoven‘s ‘Fate’ Symphony, whose hymnic finale is barely conceivable without Napoleon. ‘Politics is destiny’, said Napoleon in conversation with Goethe. Méhul‘s work fell into oblivion; Beethoven‘s Fifth lives on.

Additional Information:

7 pm concert introduction

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François-Xavier Roth © Marco Broggreve

François-Xavier Roth © Marco Broggreve

Beethoven: Symphonie No. 5 (iTunes)

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