BBC Symphony Orchestra Martyn Brabbins conductor BBC Symphony Chorus Pre-concert talk, 6.30-7pm, Hall Chaired by film-maker David Thompson, conductor Martyn Brabbins and author John Riley discuss Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky.
The BBC Symphony Orchestraís film events are always popular, and this presents one of the great collaborations of all time Ė Prokofievís coruscating score to Eisensteinís Alexander Nevsky.
It is said that the director was so impressed with the precision with which Prokofiev captured each mood, he encouraged him to write the music first for some parts. The epic tale of the medieval prince defeating the Teutonic knights on a frozen lake was particularly welcomed by the Soviet authorities in 1939, but itís proved to be a timeless classic. The BBC Symphony Chorus provides the rich, rousing choruses while a mezzo-soprano soloist gives voice to the heart of the story in her poignant song as she searches for rival suitors on the field of the dead.
The performance will last approximately 2 hours with no interval
Please note that as this is a film screening, latecomers may not be admitted.