A Time for Heroes - Master Series 6

Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor
Mark Leonard Winter - Narrator

Holst - The Planets: I. 'Mars, the Bringer of War'
Walton - Henry V: Suite
Beethoven - Symphony No.3 'Eroica'

Holst wrote the terrifying first movement of The Planets in 1914, as Europe stood on the brink of war. ‘Mars’ rolls over the landscape like a tank – who can stand against it?


In 1944, as World War II dragged on, a Shakespeare film adaptation was commissioned from Laurence Olivier to boost British morale. Olivier’s portrayal of an idealised Henry V – inspiring outnumbered troops and leading them to victory – was enhanced by a magnificent orchestral soundtrack from William Walton.


But all heroes are flawed. Beethoven wrote his Third Symphony as a tribute to Napoleon – until Napoleon proclaimed himself emperor, whereupon Beethoven scrubbed out the title page in disgust. He dedicated his heroic, victorious symphony “to the memory of a great man”.




Classical Conversations


Free for ticket holders, held one hour prior to the performance in the Adelaide Town Hall. Popular conductor, broadcaster and educator Graham Abbott is joined by ASO Principal Trumpet Owen Morris to discuss the works by Holst, Walton and Beethoven in tonight's program.

Watch Video

Holst: The Planets, 'Mars' - BBC Proms
Beethoven: Symphony No 3 - BBC Proms 2012 Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
William Walton : Henry V : Touch her soft lips and part. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth

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