- J.F. Lesueur
- Coronation Music for Napoleon
- Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte
- Wellingtons Sieg (Wellington’s Victory)
- The Fifth of May
- Choral Fantasy
- Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
- Mark Bebbington
- Gavin Carr
- Jan Latham-Koenig
Flanders Symphony Orchestra, one of Belgium’s most distinguished orchestras, under its Music Director Jan Latham-Koenig, presents two unique programmes weaving music, poetry and human responses to the realities of war.
This second concert presents music written for or about Napoleon and is a chronological journey through his life with positive and negative artistic responses to him. Schoenberg’s setting of Byron’s powerful poem, written in 1942 when another tyranny held sway over Europe, pours scorn on the idea of achieving ambition at the cost of other people’s lives.
The final piece, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, could be seen as an affirmation of universal human values and their ability to triumph over adversity. Written by Christoph Kuffner, the text proclaims in its concluding measures: ‘When love and power unite, God’s grace descends on all mankind’.