Marc Minkowski conducts Haydn and Beethoven
Symphony No. 59 in A major “Fire Symphony”
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Creatures of Prometheus, ballet music, op. 43
God, rebel and bringer of fire – Prometheus is one of the most important figures in Greek mythology, a shining example of the Enlightenment and a symbol of its impossibility at the same time. Many artists felt called upon to interpret his story. Beethoven reworked Prometheus’ advocacy of mankind through his theft of fire into a heroic-allegorical ballet. It is preceded by a thematically related work, Joseph Haydn’s so-called “Fire Symphony” which is characterised by a passionate, dramatic tone.