WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Beethoven helped change the European musical landscape but in his final symphony he imagined the most startling transformation of all: from a brutal, joyless world to one of uplifting and embracing brotherhood. He did it by writing his most vivid music yet and employing - for the first time in a symphony - a chorus, proclaiming Friedrich Schiller's uplifting 'Ode to Joy'. Vladimir Jurowski returns to the Proms, opening with a new work from one of the finest orchestral craftsmen of our time, Magnus Lindberg