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feat. Dvořák, Britten, Glass, Glazunov & Chopin
This week we give you Heroes, and in all musical shapes and sizes.
Firstly ‘Hero's Song’, the final of Dvorak's five symphonic poems, which has been suggested as being autobiographical but we suspect not. From there we move to Benjamin Britten's ‘Ballad of Heroes’ for orchestra, choir and vocal soloists; composed in 1939, this was a pacifist work that trailed ahead to his angry ‘War Requiem’ of 1962 whilst being immensely powerful in its own right, not least for its timing just months before the start of the Second World War. As a result, Philip Glass's “Heroes” Symphony No 4 makes for quite a contrast coming off the back of it, because this 1996 work is based on the experimental 1977 album of the same name by David Bowie and Brian Eno. From there we move to Glazunov's ‘To the Memory of a Hero’, a teenage orchestral work which nevertheless saw him treading his own stylistic path, and finally to Chopin's rousing “Heroic” Polonaise for the piano. So from piano solo to orchestral and choral, and all moods from grieving to angry to triumphant, we feel we've got heroes pretty covered here. We hope you agree!
An introduction to Dvořák — Heldenlied op. 111
Heldenlied op. 111 Preview Only
Antonín DvořákAndris Nelsons, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks — 2012
An introduction to Britten — Ballad of Heroes op. 14
Ballad of Heroes op. 14 Preview Only
Benjamin BrittenRichard Hickox, Martyn Hill, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra — 1991
An introduction to Glass — Symphony No. 4 »Heroes«
Symphony No. 4 »Heroes« Preview Only
Philip GlassBournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop — 2006
An introduction to Glasunow — To the Memory of a Hero op. 8
To the Memory of a Hero op. 8 Preview Only
Alexander GlazunovMoscow RTV Large Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Fedoseyev
An introduction to Chopin — Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major op. 53
Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major op. 53 Preview Only
Frédéric ChopinOlga Kern — 2005