Beethoven & Bordeaux
BEETHOVEN & BORDEAUX: Berry Bros. & Rudd
Bordeaux’s key grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, is, like Beethoven, serious, brooding and complex. Full of meaning and intent, this music and these wines are built to develop and last as we grow with them, finding new meaning and depths each time we savour their rich harmonic structure and thematic components. We join Rebecca Lamont and Henrietta Gullifer from the esteemed Berry Bros. & Rudd for a tour of Bordeaux, and a look at the Bordeaux Pretenders – those elsewhere creating wine in a similar way – alongside our season-opening concert of Beethoven and Dussek.
With four key wines before the concert, and another four with dinner after, we will include notable Chateaux such as Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Cissac, Haut-Bailly and le Serre Nuova from Ornellaia. Berry Bros. & Rudd, holders of two Royal Warrants (H.M The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales), have traded from the same premises in London’s St. James since 1698, some 20 years before the original Academy of Ancient Music was founded; their cellars and records tell as many stories as AAM’s.
‘For all the ancient shelving and smoothly hollowed floorboards of the St James’s Street headquarters, Berry Bros. really is one of the most original and far-sighted wine companies in the world.’ DECANTER
Beethoven and Dussek with Stephen Fry
AAM are joined by Stephen Fry, beginning the Barbican’s Beethoven 250 anniversary celebrations with his complete incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont alongside the modern premiere of the Mass by his scandalous Czech contemporary Dussek.
Recently rediscovered by the Academy of Ancient Music’s own music director Richard Egarr, and heard here for the first time since the 19th century, Dussek’s Mass throws fascinating new light on a musical pioneer whose expressive works anticipate the Romantic style of Chopin and Schumann. While the Overture to Egmont has become a concert hall staple, it is relatively rare to have the chance to hear a performance of the complete incidental music. Beethoven lover Stephen Fry narrates this music into which the composer channeled his fury at Napolean’s tyrannical progress through Europe. It is an impassioned, heroically defiant musical expression of the triumph of freedom over oppression.