Beethoven goes with … Bowie?main
The Orchestra of the Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon has an original twist to the Beethoven year.
In a concert in May it will twin the 5th symphony and the Grosse Fuge opus 135 with ‘a new work entitled ‘Ashes to Ashes’ which sets Bowie’s songs Station to Station, Lazarus, Fame, Aladdin Sane and Heroes for chamber orchestra,’ arranged by conductor David Le Page and composer Philip Sheppard.
Le Page says: ‘Both men were possessed by an innate compulsion to reinvent themselves and their work. Despite coming from opposing ends of the musical spectrum they nevertheless shared an astonishing motivation to be in control of their own artistic destinies.’