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Prom 34 archivePart of the BBC Proms.

Archive listings for Prom 34

Work type: Concert.

West Eastern Divan Orchestra - T521605583

Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra return to the Proms with a programme of emotion and sensation. Legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is the soloist in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 - an outpouring of Romantic intensity sustained from the arresting opening chords right through to the thrilling finale. Polish folk dances pulse through Lutoslawski's vibrant Concerto for Orchestra, with its echoes of Stravinsky and Bartok. Its bracing rhythmic energy and reticent beauty offer the perfect foil to the melodic richness of Tchaikovsky's concerto.Performer Martha Argerich (piano). Company West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor Daniel Barenboim.
12 Aug 19The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1349720006

Barber, Britten & Copland - T889272170

In Bernstein's centenary year, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic celebrate with a transatlantic Prom, uniting music by British and American composers connected not just by generation but in many cases by personal friendship. Commissioned and premiered by Bernstein, Copland's Connotations is a portrait of 'the tensions, aspirations and drama inherent in the world today'. Its knotty confrontations find contrast in the sensuous beauty of Britten's orchestral song-cycle Les illuminations, while the sea provides inspiration both for Walton's bustling, bonhomous Portsmouth Point overture and Britten's boldly dramatic Four Sea Interludes. Two extracts from Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra complete the programme.Performer Sally Matthews (soprano). Company BBC Philharmonic. Conductor Juanjo Mena.
8 Aug 18The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0323340371

John Wilson conducts Oklahoma! (matinee) - T0940426338

Semi staged. Bursting not just with tunes but emotions, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! brought new dramatic depth to the Broadway musical. John Wilson and his orchestra bring their signature energy and swagger to this much-loved classic.Company John Wilson Orchestra. Conductor John Wilson. Director Rachel Kavanaugh.
11 Aug 17The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0769654479

Dutilleux, HK Gruber and Beethoven - T01361944062

Two centuries on, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has lost none of its shattering power. A tirade against destiny, it remains one of the most compelling yet perfect musical arguments ever created. Sakari Oramo conducts it here, after the pulsating drive of HK Gruber's Busking, performed by Hakan Hardenberger, the soloist for whom it was created. But, to start, music of pictorial delicacy: Henri Dutilleux's sonic reproduction of the cosmic, whirling effect of Van Gogh's painting The Starry Night.Performer Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet). Performer Mats Bergstrom (banjo). Performer Claudia Buder (accordion). Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Sakari Oramo.
10 Aug 16The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1999209381

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - T01924516968

A musical snapshot of 1945 - a world emerging from the haze of war into the neon glow of Hollywood and new-found hope. Three contrasting works sum up the spirit of this charged year: Britten's Peter Grimes, reinventing English opera; Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, striving after the 'grandeur of the human spirit'; and Korngold's Violin Concerto. Hailed in his youth as a 'genius' and a 'miracle' by no lesser figures than Mahler and Puccini respectively, Korngold's reputation still rests mainly on his luscious film music. The Violin Concerto combines his instinct for melody (themes are borrowed from four of his finest film scores) with classical virtuosity and structural elegance. The soloist here is Proms regular Nicola Benedetti, a passionate champion of this unaccountably neglected work. Finish time approx. 21:40Performer Nicola Benedetti (violin). Company Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Kirill Karabits.
10 Aug 15The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L806666067

R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen - T1989155617

In the first of his two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Sondergard directs Nielsen's Fifth Symphony, shaped by the conflicts and oppositions of the First World War and touching on a bleak nostalgia that is also at the core of Strauss's tone-poem Tod und Verklarung ('Death and Transfiguration') - a musical dramatisation of the roaming thoughts of a dying artist. Profundity is balanced by virtuosity in the 'complicated nonsense' of Strauss's youthful Burleske and Mozart's sunny Rondo in A major, both featuring former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi. Finish time approx. 21:55Performer Francesco Piemontesi (piano). Company BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor Thomas Sondergard.
11 Aug 14The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L032531552

Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - T491369485

Following his two Proms appearances in 2008 and his more recent one in 2011 to play solo violin works by J. S. Bach, Nigel Kennedy returns with Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - with the Palestine Strings from the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music as well as members of his own Orchestra of Life. Revisiting a work he recorded to great acclaim nearly 25 years ago, he brings fresh insights to these visionary concertos, including the addition of his own improvised links between them. There will be no interval. Finish time: approx. 23:30Performer Nigel Kennedy (violin). Company Palestine Strings. Company Members of the Orchestra of Life.
8 Aug 13The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L167851964

Schubert, Dubugnon & R. Strauss - T01043970556

Making a welcome return following their three appearances in 2009, Katia and Marielle Labeque perform a dramatic piece designed to bring out their contrasting personalities. The Battlefield Concerto was specially written for them by French-Swiss composer and double bass player, Richard Dubugnon. Semyon Bychkov, who conducted the work's recent Los Angeles premiere, here sandwiches it between two classics - the most famous of all unfinished symphonies and the glorious musical autobiography (with battle scene) of a composer who lived long in difficult times.Performer Katia Labeque (piano). Performer Marielle Labeque (piano). Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Semyon Bychkov.
8 Aug 12The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L02086917393

Bridge/Holt/Dupre & Saint-Saens - T01184323693

An Anglo-French evening launched by the greatest of the nature tone-poems written by featured composer Frank Bridge. Simon Holt's double concerto for clarinet and flugelhorn takes its inspiration from the fantastical beasts of Greek mythology. His solo instruments are drawn from different species, two distinct natures in one orchestral body. Marcel Dupré was a masterly executant who himself played Saint-Saëns's much loved 'Organ' Symphony at the Proms in 1935. Finish time: approx. 21:05Performer Ben Johnson (tenor). Performer Robert Plane (clarinet). Performer Philippe Schartz (flugelhorn). Performer Thomas Trotter (organ). Company BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth.
9 Aug 11The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1049740058

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - T477940502

Two key figures of Austria's flourishing early-20th-century opera scene open tonight's Prom. Pronounced a genius by Mahler at the age of 9, Erich Korngold showed a prodigious gift for melody that later bore fruit in his Hollywood film scores, which he happily plundered for his Violin Concerto. The 'Nocturne' of Schreker's operatic dream sequence - portraying the sleepless night of the opera's composer-hero Fritz - finds a counterpart in the two 'Night Music' movements of Mahler's Symphony No. 7. Ingo Metzmacher returns to the Proms after conducting Messiaen's epic opera Saint Francis of Assisi in 2008 to great critical acclaim. Finish time: approx. 22:10Conductor Ingo Metzmacher. Company Deutsches Symmphonie-Orchester Berlin. Performer Leonidas Kavakos (violin).
10 Aug 10The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1348415881

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - T0462243572

Fast-rising young Ukrainian maestro Kirill Karabits makes his Proms debut as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new Principal Conductor. The brilliant Lithuanian-born violinist Julian Rachlin returns to the Proms to play the tenderly lyrical, extrovertly virtuosic concerto by Tchaikovsky, to whose music and memory Stravinsky paid tribute in his Hans Christian Andersen-inspired ballet, The Fairy's Kiss. By contrast, Khachaturian's colourful Soviet-era ballet Spartacus celebrates the Thracian gladiator whose rebel slave army almost defeated the might of Rome. Approx. finish time: 21:50Performer Julian Rachlin (violin). Conductor Kirill Karabits.
10 Aug 09The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01229973737

BBC Philharmonic - T01890338015

Finish time approx. 21:50Music Rachmaninov (47 mins)). Music Puccini (55 mins)). Performer Barbara Frittoli (Giorgetta). Performer Miro Dvorsky (Luigi). Music Lado Ataneli (Michele). Performer Jane Henschel (La Frugola). Performer Barry Banks (Il Tinca). Performer Alastair Miles (Il Talpa). Performer Allan Clayton (A song-vendor). Performer Katherine Broderick (Young lover). Performer Edgaras Montivadas (Young lover). Company BBC Singers. Company BBC Philharmonic. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda.
11 Aug 08The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01228555360


Finish time approx. 23:15Conductor Masaaki Suzuki. Performer Carolyn Sampson (soprano). Performer Robin Blaze (countertenor). Performer Gerd Turk (tenor). Performer Peter Kooy (bass). Company Bach Collegium Japan). Music Bach (Cantata No 78 'Jesu der du meine Seele/Cantata No 179 'Siehe zu dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei'/Cantata No 200 'Bekennen will ich seinen Namen' - aria/Mass in G major BWV 236).
7 Aug 07The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1494599923


Finish time approx. 21:25Conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier. Company BBC Philharmonic. Performer Felicity Lott (Dame soprano). Music Ravel (Rapsodie espagnole). Music Henri Dutilleux (Metaboles). Music Ravel (Sheherazade). Music Roussel (Symphony No 3).
8 Aug 06The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0976435521


Company New London Chamber Choir. Company BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Martyn Brabbins. Performer Steven Osborne (piano). Music Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis). Music Tippett (Piano Concerto). Music Holst (The Planets). Music Colin Matthews (Pluto).
8 Aug 05The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L9852613


Finish time approx. 23:30Music Naji Hakim (Ouverture libanaise). Music R.Strauss (Serenade in E flat major for 13 wind instruments Op 7). Music Messiaen (Messe de la Pentecote - Entrée - Les langues de feu; Sortie - Le vent de I'Esprit). Music Messiaen (Offrande au Saint-Sacrement). Music Messiaen (La Nativite du Seigneur - Dieu parmi nous). Music Dvorak (Serenade in D minor for wind and strings). Music Naji Hakim (In organo chordis et choro). Performer Naji Hakim (organ). Company London Winds. Performer Michael Collins (clarinet/director).
9 Aug 04The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01766022600


Music Mozart (Idomeneo - Overture and ballet music - excerpts). Music Prokofiev (Cello Concerto). Music Keyin Volans (Strip-Weave - world premiere of revised version). Music Sibelius (Symphony No 5 in E flat major). Performer Li-Wei (cello). Company Ulster Orchestra. Conductor Thierry Fischer.
13 Aug 03The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0276499579


Company Australian Chamber Orchestra. Performer Richard Tognetti (violin/director). Company BT Scottish Ensemble. Performer Clio Gould (violin/director). Music Elgar (Introduction and Allegro). Music Imogen Holst. Music Oldham. Music Tippett. Music Lennox Berkeley. Music Britten. Music Searle. Music Walton (Variations on an Elizabethan Theme - Sellinger's Round). Music Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis). Music Tippett (Fantasia on a Theme of Corelli).
14 Aug 02The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L0324689844


Music Esa-Pekka Salonen (Foreign Bodies - UK premiere). Music Mahler (Des Knaben Wunderhorn - selection). Music Sibelius (Symphony No 6 in D minor; Symphony No 7 in C major).
15 Aug 01The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1594844556


Music Shostakovich (Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarroti). Music Shostakovich (Symphony No 8 in C minor). Performer Sergei Leiferkus (baritone). Company BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor David Atherton.
9 Aug 00The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01965474343


Irish MusicConductor Michael McGlynn. Performer Liam O'Flynn (uilleann pipes). Performer Anuna.
12 Aug 99The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L589352327


Music Ravel (Mother Goose - suite). Music Mozart (Piano Concerto No 17 in G major. K453). Music Elgar-Payne (Symphony No 3). Performer Richard Goode (piano). Conductor Andrew Davis. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra.
13 Aug 98The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L01301073121
13 Aug 98The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221
listing details L1727827887

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