Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No.5
Luigi Dallapiccola: Il prigioniero - opera in 1 act
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia in Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero, an opera of chilling political statement.
Dallapiccola's Il prigioniero tells the story of a political prisoner whose jailor allows him to escape, apparently in a gesture of fraternity. In reality it is a cruel joke, as the prisoner reaches the fresh, open air only to run into the arms of the Grand Inquisitor who leads him away to be burned alive.
The opera was composed between 1944-48 and reflects Dallapiccola's disillusionment with Mussolini's politics. He claimed that his writing would never be as light and carefree as it once was.
The composer's unique blend of lyrical writing in a serialist technique makes this opera searingly moving and it ends with the prisoner simply whispering the word 'Freedom?'.
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm: An introduction to the evening's concert by Dallapiccola expert Peter Roderick. Free.Performers
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Lauri Vasar The Prisoner
Paoletta Marrocu The Mother
Peter Hoare Gaoler/Grand Inquisitor
Brian Galliford Priest 1
Francisco Javier Borda Priest 2, Fra Redemptor