Symphonie Fantastique - T01154236082A diabolical witches' sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the gallows and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Inspired by the composer's own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a cinematic fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama - by turns gorgeous and grotesque. Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra perform this grandiose work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz's own words about his music.Performer Mathew Baynton (actor). Company Blind Summit Theatre. Company Aurora Orchestra. Conductor Nicholas Collon.
|12 Sep 19||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Britten's War Requiem - T0283001250A powerful statement of the composer's pacifist beliefs - composed in the shadow of the Second World War, but harking back to the carnage of the First via the war poetry of Wilfred Owen - Britten's War Requiem today remains one of the most devastating artistic responses to conflict: a work that mourns but also rages against the senseless violence and destruction of war. The Huddersfield Choral Society, RSNO Chorus (175 this year) and RSNO Junior Chorus (40 this year) join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and its outgoing Music Director Peter Oundjian for a performance marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. There will be no intervalPerformer Erin Wall (soprano). Performer Allan Clayton (tenor). Performer Russell Braun (baritone). Company Huddersfield Choral Society. Company Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus. Company Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus. Company Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor Peter Oundjian.
|6 Sep 18||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Vienna Philharmonic - Mahler's Sixth Symphony - T1207624085Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in this most powerful of Romantic symphonies, Mahler's Sixth, dark with musical storm clouds, which builds gradually to a shattering climax.Company Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor Daniel Harding.
|7 Sep 17||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann and Nikolaj Znaider - T1081033297The Staatskapelle Dresden and its Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann open with Beethoven's most radiant, smiling work, his sublime Violin Concerto, in the sure hands of Nikolaj Znaider. After the interval this famously rich-toned orchestra digs into Max Reger's affectionate and beautifully orchestrated Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart and finally Richard Strauss's witty and abrasive depiction of an impish figure from German folklore, his outlandish tone-poem telling of 'Till Eulenspiegel's merry pranks'.Performer Nikolaj Znaider (violin). Company Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor Christian Thielemann.
|8 Sep 16||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Nielsen & Ives - T01422308256Ives's Fourth Symphony demands massive orchestral forces and quotes from his own earlier works as well as from traditional American hymns. Completing this year's Nielsen concerto cycle is the Violin Concerto - a work that wears its technical demands with great delicacy. Nielsen also provides the concertopener, the folk-inspired choral cantata Springtime on Funen. Finish time approx. 21:55Performer Henning Kraggerud (violin). Performer Malin Christensson (soprano). Performer Ben Johnson (tenor). Performer Neal Davies (bass-baritone). Performer William Wolfram (piano). Company Tiffin Boys' Choir. Company Tiffin Girls' Choir. Company BBC Singers. Company Crouch End Festival Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Andrew Litton.
|9 Sep 15||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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English Music - T632590508Andrew Litton joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for an evening of 20th-century British music that looks beyond the pastoral stereotypes. The idyll of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' is soon abandoned in the composer's dark and questioning Symphony No. 4 and Birtwistle's Exody, an overwhelming musical labyrinth of sound. This year's composer focus on William Walton continues with his much-loved Viola Concerto - a work that had its premiere at the Proms, conducted by the composer and featuring composer and violist Paul Hindemith as soloist. Finish time approx. 21:55Performer Lise Berthaud (viola). Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Andrew Litton.
|10 Sep 14||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Verdi & Tchaikovsky - T1133020090Written between Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Manfred is Russia's Harold in Italy, a work inspired by the programmatic symphonies of Berlioz and depicting the death of a tormented Faustian hero with supernatural gifts and a guilty secret. Chinese-American conductor Xian Zhang directs the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in the Byronic epic that closes the season's Tchaikovsky symphony cycle, and also in a selection of Verdi's operatic overtures and arias featuring last year's star of Last Night of the Proms, the Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja. Finish time: approx. 21:30Performer Joseph Calleja (tenor). Company Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi. Conductor Xian Zhang.
|5 Sep 13||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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John Adams - Nixon in China - T505685545Semi-staged. Alice Goodman's poetic, intensely original libretto is based on Richard and Pat Nixon's historic three-day visit to China in 1972. Protagonists viewed initially as transcendent iconic figures are not so much satirised as seen for what they are. The score pounds away eclectically with nods to Broadway and rock, Minimalism and Igor Stravinsky, but there's no mistaking the identity of the composer, who joins us tonight, nor the colour and brilliance of one of the iconic works of our time. There will be two intervals. Finish time approx. 22:25Performer Kathleen Kim (soprano/Madame Mao). Performer Alan Oke (tenor/Chairman Mao). Performer Gerald Finley (bass-baritone/Chou En-Lai). Performer Robert Orth (baritone/President Nixon). Performer James Rutherford (bass-baritone/New Generation Artist/Kissinger|). Performer Stephanie Marshall (mezzo-soprano/Secretary). Performer Susan Platts (mezzo-soprano/Secretary). Company BBC Singers. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor John Adams. Director Paul Curran.
|5 Sep 12||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Philadelphia Orchestra & Janine Jansen - T01208173429One of the world's great orchestras comes to the Proms with a programme of familiar classics that takes in Rachmaninov's bracing swansong, written for Philadelphia. A regular visitor in recent years, Janine Jansen joins the orchestra for the ever-popular Tchaikovsky concerto she recorded recently in fresh and unashamedly romantic style. These works are bookended by Sibelius's patriotic rallying cry and Ravel's apotheosis of the waltz, a piece whose unstoppable whirling may have been intended as a metaphor for the fate of European civilisation. Finish time: approx. 21:50Performer Janine Jansen (violin). Company Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor Charles Dutoit.
|8 Sep 11||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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BBC Symphony Orchestra - T02143975178Bruckner, like his hero Wagner, composed on a vast scale. In his third Prom of the season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Chief Conductor, Jiri Belohlávek, pairs the dashing festive prelude from Act 3 of Wagner's 'swan knight' romance with the most overarching and open-hearted of Bruckner's nine symphonies - a work whose slow movement was composed in the shadow of Wagner's death and enshrines Bruckner's musical memorial to the man he revered as the 'Master'. Always a composer of vivid and funky surprises, Tansy Davies promises in her new work to take us on a journey through the Tarot pack. Finish time: approx. 21:00Conductor Jiri Belohlavek. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra.
|8 Sep 10||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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BBC Symphony Orchestra - T0440339294We end our bicentenary salute to Mendelssohn with the magical A Midsummer Night's Dream overture that he wrote at the age of only 17, coupled with extracts from his later incidental music to Shakespeare's play. In Augusta Read Thomas's new Violin Concerto, the soloist takes the role of the 'juggler', rhapsodising a path through a pointillistic 'paradise' of bell sounds. And, to conclude, the BBC SO's Chief Conductor, Jirí Belohlávek, takes the orchestra on a Beethovenian tour of the Austrian countryside. Approx finish time: 20:45. Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3. There will be an interval.
|9 Sep 09||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - T01455096763Finish time approx. 21:45Music Mozart (30 mins)). Music Shostakovich (67 mins)). Performer Murray Perahia (piano). Company Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Bernard Haitink.
|9 Sep 08||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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The Last Night of the Proms 2007 - T02043204266Finish time approx. 22:40. Plus the National AnthemConductor Jiri Belohlavek. Performer Anna Netrebko (soprano). Performer Andrew Kennedy (tenor). Performer Joshua Bell (violin). Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Music Dvorak (Overture 'Othello'). Music Rakhmaninov (arr. violin and orchestra)). Music Ravel (Tzigane). Music Thomas Ades (The Tempest - Prelude). Music Elgar (The Spirit of England - The Fourth of August). Music Bellini (La sonnambula - scene from Act 2). Music Fucik (Entrance of the Gladiators). Music Lehar (Giuditta - 'Meine Lippen sie kussen so heiss'). Music Ponce (arr. Heifetz - Estrellita). Music R.Strauss (Morgan). Music Elgar (Land of Hope and Glory)). Music Henry Wood (with additional numbers arr. Bob Chilcott)). Music Parry (orch. Elgar - Jerusalem).
|8 Sep 07||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Charles Mackerras (Sir). Company Choir of the Enlightenment. Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Performer Rosemary Joshua (soprano). Performer Lisa Milne (soprano). Performer Eric Cutler (tenor). Performer Nathan Berg (bass-baritone). Music Mozart (Symphony No 35 in D major K385 - Haffner). Music Mozart (compl. Robert D. Levin - Mass in C minor K427 - Uk premiere of this version).|
|8 Sep 06||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Christoph Eschenbach. Music Bruckner (Symphony No 8 in C minor ed. Novak).|
|8 Sep 05||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Charpentier (Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu des orgues). Music Charpentier (Te Deum). Performer Jael Azzaretti (soprano). Performer Olga Pitarch (soprano). Performer Paul Agnew (tenor). Performer Jeffrey Thompson (tenor). Performer Topi Lehtipuu (tenor). Performer Marc Mauillon (tenor). Performer Joao Fernandes (bass). Performer Bertrand Bontoux (bass). Company Choir and Orchestra of Les Arts Florissants. Conductor William Christie.|
|9 Sep 04||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Harrison Birtwistle (Sir - The Shadow of Night - UK premiere). Music Beethoven (Symphony No 9 in D minor - Choral). Performer Diana Damrau (soprano). Performer Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo soprano). Performer Robert Dean Smith (tenor). Performer Alastair Miles (bass). Company Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Company Philharmonia Chorus. Company Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi.|
|12 Sep 03||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Daniele Gatti. Performer Olga Borodina. Music Tchaikovsky (Fantasy-Overture Romeo and Juliet). Music Musorgsky (orch. Shostakovich - Songs and Dances of Death). Music Mahler (Symphony No 5).|
|13 Sep 02||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Verdi (Requiem). Performer Fiorenza Cedolins (soprano). Performer Luciana D'Intino (mezzo soprano). Performer Vincenzo La Scola (tenor). Performer Carlo Colombara (bass). Company Bologna Opera Chorus. Company London Voices. Company Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Daniele Gatti.|
|14 Sep 01||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Bach (orch. [Elgar] Fantasia and Fugue in C minor). Music Mozart (Violin Concerto No 4 in D major K218). Music Strauss (Dance of the Seven Veils and Final Scene from Salome). Music Shostakovich (orch. [Gerard McBurney] Jazz Suite No 2 - world premiere). Music Grainger (Tribute to Foster). Music Delius (The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet). Music Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major). Music Henry Wood (Fantasia on British Sea-Songs). Music Arne (arr [Sargent] Rule Britannia!). Music Parry (orch. [Elgar] Jerusalem). Performer Hilary Hahn (violin). Performer Jane Eaglen (soprano). Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Andrew Davis.|
|9 Sep 00||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Nielsen (Overture Maskarade). Music Boito (Son lo spirito che nega from Mefistofele). Music Stravinsky (Behold master the whole hosts of mankind from The Rake's Progress). Music Gounod (Mephistopheles's Serenade from Faust). Music Esa-Pekka Salonen (Giro UK Premiere). Music Poulenc (Organ Concerto in G minor). Music Johann Strauss II (Overture Die Fledermaus). Music Kern (Ol Man River from Show Boat). Music Rodgers (Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific). Music Vaughan Williams (Toward the Unknown Region). Music Noel Coward (Songs). Music Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major). Music Henry Wood (Fantasia on British Sea-Songs). Music Arne (Rule Britannia). Music Parry (arr Elgar - Jerusalem). Performer Willard White (bass). Performer Dame Gillian Weir (organ). Performer Jeremy Irons (singer). Company BBC Singers. Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Sir Andrew Davis.|
|11 Sep 99||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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|Beethoven. Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Performer Ruth Ziesak (soprano). Performer Bernarda Fink (alto). Performer Herbert Lippert (tenor). Performer Neal Davies (bass).|
|11 Sep 98||The Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
listing details L0795107727