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Archive listings for Prom 31

Work type: Concert.

Strauss's Four Last Songs and Other Romantics - T1355261674

The Ulster Orchestra and Chief Conductor Daniele Rustioni take us from the physical to the metaphysical in a sumptuous celebration of German Romanticism. The Overture and Venusberg Music from Wagner's opera Tannhäuser plays out the drama's battle between the sensual and the spiritual in miniature, with restraint thrown to the wind in its heady Bacchanal (see also Proms 55 and 72). Darker themes come to the fore in Schumann's restless Symphony No. 4 and the yearning musical farewell of Strauss' Four Last Songs, performed here by Louise Alder, while Mahler's brief serenade Blumine, once part of his First Symphony, offers a moonlit moment of peace.Performer Louise Alder (soprano). Company Ulster Orchestra. Conductor Daniele Rustioni.
9 Aug 22Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L828609837

Brahms, Bruckner & Strauss - T0805989211

Following their performance of Wagner, Mahler and Webern at last year's Proms, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen return with another programme of Austro-German classics. Subtitled the 'Romantic', Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 is as vividly colourful as the composer's original scenario for the work (later withdrawn) with its knights, maidens, hunting and dancing. Brahms's variations (also known as the 'Haydn' Variations) provide a vivacious opener, and prize-winning Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen joins the orchestra in a sequence of songs by Richard Strauss, including the ecstatic 'Morgen!'.Performer Lise Davidsen (soprano). Company Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
10 Aug 19Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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Minnesota Orchestra & Osmo Vanska - T0443486076

A great American orchestra marks Leonard Bernstein's 100th-anniversary year with a concert of 20th century American classics that represent Bernstein in his multiple guises as composer, conductor and pianist. The breathless exuberance of Bernstein's Candide overture is extended by Inon Barnatan in Gershwin's Concerto in F major, which filters the composer's popular jazz idiom through classical structures and Lisztian virtuosity. Premiered by Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1951, Ives's attractive Second Symphony melds European techniques with an all-American sound-world.Performer Inon Barnatan (piano). Company Minnesota Orchesta. Conductor Osmo Vanska.
6 Aug 18Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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Part opera, part cantata, Berlioz's 'dramatic legend' is an epic retelling of the Faust story that captures the extremes of man's ambition and folly. Tenor Michael Spyres returns to the Proms in the title-role, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.Performer Michael Spyres (Faust). Performer Ann Hallenberg (Marguerite). Performer Laurent Naouri (Mephistopheles). Performer Ashley Riches (Brander). Company Trinity Boys Choir. Company Monteverdi Choir. Company National Youth Choir of Scotland. Company Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor John Eliog Gardiner (Sir).
8 Aug 17Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L708091928

Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky - T0216583123

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Designate Thomas Dausgaard round off this weekend's Stravinsky/Scottish series with the work that changed music for ever. In The Rite of Spring rhythm was shockingly prioritised over harmony - and pounding, jagged, brutal rhythm at that. One of The Rite's most impactful relatives is the Scythian Suite by Stravinsky's compatriot Prokofiev, a blazing orchestral canvas that forms the perfect foil to the heartfelt beauty of Tchaikovsky's charming First Piano Concerto, performed by Kirill Gerstein in a new critical edition which, he says, 'allows us to return to Tchaikovsky's original intentions'.Performer Kirill Gerstein (piano). Company BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Thomas Dausgaard.
7 Aug 16Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L2025843804

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain - T01275326975

Mahler's bitterly beautiful Ninth Symphony is the focus for the National Youth Orchestra's annual visit to the Proms. Still unperformed at the time of the composer's death, the symphony was the last Mahler would complete - a requiem in all but name from a man who had already lost his daughter and knew his own death was imminent. The work's rich writing for brass and strings makes it one of the greats of the orchestral repertoire. The concert opens with the world premiere of Tansy Davies's Re-greening, a celebration of spring written specially as a complement to Mahler's Symphony No. 9. Finish time approx. 21:20
8 Aug 15Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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Elgar, Beethoven, Berlioz & Helen Grime - T02052138675

The sea lies the centre of tonight's concert from Sir Mark Elder and the Halle. The sunshine glitters on the waves of Berlioz's swashbuckling overture Le corsaire, written while the composer was holidaying in Nice. A celebrated Elgar champion, Elder is joined by British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for Sea Pictures: Elgar's only orchestral song-cycle, which ebbs and flows evocatively as it explores the fascination and fear inspired by the sea. While Helen Grime's Near Midnight explores a nocturnal theme, Beethoven created a storm of human drama in his 'Eroica' Symphony - a stirring musical meditation on heroism and valour. Finish time approx. 21:45Performer Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano). Company Halle. Conductor Mark Elder (Sir).
9 Aug 14Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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Waltonj, Rubbra, Bruch & Korngold - T276848228

The BBC Philharmonic and its Principal Guest Conductor return to the Royal Albert Hall for the first Proms performance of Erich Korngold's Symphony. Dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the symphony refers back to Korngold's score for the 1939 Errol Flynn and Bette Davis romance The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Rubbra's Ode to the Queen and Walton's Orb and Sceptre celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation, while Vilde Frang joins Storgards and the orchestra for Bruch's ever-popular Violin Concerto. Finish time: approx. 21:50Performer Vilde Frang (violin). Performer Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano). Company BBC Philharmonic. Conductor John Storgards.
6 Aug 13Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1397178575

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchesta - T01997928393

We kick off with the London premiere of a new Olympic Fanfare by Ayrshire-born James MacMillan. Nicola Benedetti is in the spotlight for Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave gives the tuba its moment with her postcard from Loch Ness, while both tonight's ensembles come together for one of Respighi's glamorous Roman spectaculars.Performer Nicola Beneditte (violin). Company National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. Company BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Donald Runnicles.
5 Aug 12Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0867823410

Nigel Kennedy plays Bach - T1743863810

When in 2008 Nigel Kennedy came back to the Proms after an absence of 21 years, his Late Night concert with his own quartet followed an early-evening performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto which he capped with a solo Bach encore. Tonight's special event confirms that JSB continues to mean a great deal to him. The man dubbed 'the people's violinist' has recorded Bach concertos with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. Discovering something new every time he explores the composer's music, Kennedy points up the parallels with jazz. Bach loved the dance forms of his own day and his music benefits from being played with emotional freedom and a keen rhythmic sense. There will be no interval. Finish time: approx. 23:00Performer Nigel Kennedy (violin).
6 Aug 11Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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BBC Symphony Orchestra - T495317842

The BBC Symphony Orchestra's Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis conducts a typically wide-ranging programme whose pairings represent two musical homages. According to Messiaen, 'Mozart always smiled. His music also smiled.' Hence the title of French composer's tribute, written for the Mozart bicentenary of 1991. Parry's elegy to Brahms, whom he regarded as 'the last of the great German heroes of musical art', precedes Brahms's Fourth Symphony, whose final movement Passacaglia influenced Parry's 'English' Symphony. Finish time: approx. 21:50Conductor Andrew Davis (Sir). Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer Louis Lortie (piano).
8 Aug 10Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01815413707

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain - T1461678888

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain returns under its new Principal Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, who made his Proms debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra last year. In his traversal of the Tchaikovsky piano concertos, Liverpool-born Stephen Hough reaches that great warhorse the Concerto No.1. With its brilliant textures and hints of Polish folk music, Lutoslawski's 1954 concerto is a real showpiece for any orchestra, while our final instalment of Respighi's Roman trilogy brings the first performance at the Proms of Roman Festivals - a cinematic survey of the Eternal City's ever-changing festivals, from ancient gladiatorial combats in the Circus Maximus to the Petrushka-esque carnival bustle in the Piazza Navona. Approx. finish time: 21:00Performer Stephen Hough (piano). Conductor Vasily Petrenko.
8 Aug 09Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01031813341

BBC Concert Orchestra - T1321498957

Finish time approx. 21:00Music Gershwin (7 mins)). Music Garshwin (6 mins)). Music Jason Yarde (6 mins)). Music Stravinsky (10 mins)). Music Bernstein (10 mins)). Music Gwilym Simcock (22 mins)). Music Gershwin (18 mins)). Performer Gwilym Simcock (piano). Performer Phil Donkin (bass). Performer Martin France (drums). Performer Michael Collins (clarinet). Performer Jason Yarde (saxophone). Company BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor Charles Hazlewood.
9 Aug 08Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
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Finish time approx. 21:40Conductor Daniele Gatti. Performer Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe). Company Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Music Brahms (Variations on the St Anthony Chorale). Music Elgar (Enigma Variations). Music R.Strauss (Oboe Concerto in D major - Proms Firsts UK Premiere 1946/Der Rosenkavalier - Suite).
5 Aug 07Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1122297570


Finish time approx. 17:25Performer David Goode (organ). Music Mozart (Fantasia in F minor for mechanical organ K608). Music Shostakovich (The Gadfly - Credo:The Cathedral Service). Music Gliere (Fugue on a Russian Christmas Song). Music Glazunov (Fantasy Op 110). Music Bohm (Chorale Prelude on Vater unser im Himmelreich). Music J S Bach (Chorale Preludes on Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot BWV 678). Music Liszt (Fantasia and Fugue on 'Ad nos ad salutarem andam').
6 Aug 06Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1034930801


Company National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor Tadaaki Otaka. Music Paul Patterson (Orchestra on Parade - London premiere). Music Tippett (Tippett (The Midsummer Marriage - Ritual Dances). Music Elgar (Symphony No 1 in A flat major).
6 Aug 05Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L48630780


This concert will be broadcast on BBC2. Finish time approx. 21:00Music Smetana (Ma vlast -Vys ehrad; From Bohemia's Woods and Fields; Vltava). Music Mahler (Symphony No 1 in D major - Titan). Company National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conductor Roger Norrington (Sir).
7 Aug 04Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L151622971


Music R. Strauss (Tod und Verklarung). Music Mahler (Ruckert-Lieder). Music Prokofiev (Alexander Nevsky - cantata). Performer Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo soprano). Performer Detlef Roth (baritone). Company London Philharmonic Choir. Company Crouch End Festival Chorus. Company Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Daniele Gatti.
11 Aug 03Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0627893316


Sung in German. Semi stagedCompany Glyndebourne Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor Mark Elder. Performer Anne Schwanewilms (Euryanthe). Performer Lauren Flanigan (Eglantine). Performer John Daszak (Adolar). Performer Pavlo Hunka (Lysiart). Performer Clive Bayley (King Louise VI). Music Weber (Euryante).
12 Aug 02Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01174943901


Music Britten (Two Portraits). Music Hindemith (Trauermusik). Music Shostakovich arr. [Alexander Tchaikovsky] Sinfonia in B flat minor for viola and strings arranged from String Quartet No 13). Music Britten (Lachrymae). Music Tchaikovsky (Souvenir de Florence). Company Moscow Soloists. Director Yuri Bashmet (viola).
13 Aug 01Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1723672031


18:00 Pre-Prom Talk [Jeremy Sams]Music Gershwin (An American in Paris). Music Stephen Sondheim (Songs from the shows - a 70th birthday tribute). Music Weill (arr. [Lys Symonette] and [Kim Kowalke] - Street Scenes - UK premiere). Performer Lori Ann Fuller (soprano). Performer George Dvorsky (bass). Performer Mark Richardson (bass). Company BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor Barry Wordsworth.
7 Aug 00Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L547922167


Bernstein's neglected 1950's musical, prefaced by American mavericks Charles Ives and Conlon Nancarrow.Music Ives (Over the Pavements - Orchestral Set No 1). Music General William Booth (Enters into Heaven - Sunrise). Music Nancarrow (Study for Orchestra - world premiere). Music Bernstein (Wonderful Town). Performer Audra McDonald (soprano-Ruth). Performer Thomas Hampson (baritone-Baker). Performer Brent Barrett (baritone-Guide/1st Editor/Frank/The Wreck). Performer Timothy Robinson (tenor-Solo tenor). Performer Karl Daymond (baritone-2nd Editor/Chick). Company London Voices. Company Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor Thomas Ades. Conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
10 Aug 99Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L894453505


Music Oliver Knussen (Coursing). Music Thomas Ades (Concerto Conciso). Music Simon Holt (Lilith). Music Colin Matthews (..through the glass; London premiere). Music Mark-Anthony Turnage (Kai). Performer Thomas Ades (piano). Performer Ulrich Heinen (cello). Conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Company Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
10 Aug 98Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L081897510
10 Aug 98Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L062079358

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