Beethoven Night - T0340333832Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood's tradition of composer-themed nights continues here with Beethoven. The composer's revolutionary Fifth Symphony provides the climax of a programme that also includes music from his dramatic 'rescue' opera Fidelio. Bach's music was a passion shared by Beethoven and Wood, and is represented here by Elgar's orchestration of the Fantasia and Fugue in C minor for organ.Performer Elizabeth Watts (soprano). Company NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover. Conductor Andrew Manze.
|13 Sep 19||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Handel's Theodora - T1888700296In a battle between love and faith, which will triumph? Following the success of last year's Israel in Egypt, the Proms continues its journey through Handel's oratorios with the composer's own favourite and one of the most powerfully dramatic works he ever produced. An all-star cast is led by Louise Alder and Iestyn Davies as tragic lovers Theodora and Didymus. Jonathan Cohen directs his period ensemble Arcangelo. There will be one interval.Performer Louise Alder (Theodora). Performer Iestyn Davies (Didymus). Performer Benjamin Hulett (Septimius). Performer Ann Hallenberg (Irene). Performer Arcangelo. Conductor Jonathan Cohen.
|7 Sep 18||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Vienna Philharmonic - Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven - T01243819897Pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Vienna Philharmonic for its second Prom this season, under Michael Tilson Thomas. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony sits alongside Brahms's 'Haydn' Variations and the quasi-operatic lyricism of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14.Performer Emanuel Ax (piano). Company Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
|8 Sep 17||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Verdi Requiem - T01090086557Verdi's shattering Requiem - which began life as a memorial to Rossini - was so forthright in its expression of grief, faith and judgement that many thought it too dramatic for performance in church. In the penultimate Prom of 2016, Marin Alsop leads the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the fresh voices of the BBC Proms Youth Choir through all the passion, turbulence and reflection of Verdi's sacred masterpiece.Performer Tamara Wilson (soprano). Performer Alisa Kolosova (mezzo-soprano). Performer Michael Fabiano (tenor). Performer Morris Robinson (bass). Company BBC Proms Youth Choir. Company Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor Marin Alsop.
|9 Sep 16||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Wireless Nights Prom with Jarvis Cocker - T799006330In the last of this year's Proms collaborations with six of the BBC national radio stations and BBC Music, popular Radio 4 show Wireless Nights becomes a live concert experience, pairing music and spoken word inspired by the night. Singersongwriter Jarvis Cocker presents an evening he describes as 'a nocturnal investigation of the human condition', with Maxime Tortelier conducting the BBC Philharmonic. Badgers, stars, elves and lambs may or may not be involved. Finish time approx. 23:30Performer Jarvis Cocker (presenter). Company BBC Philharmonic. Conductor Maxime Tortelier.
|10 Sep 15||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Late Night with... Rufus Wainwright - T1810953830He has already taken over the Royal Opera House and staged his first opera; now charismatic singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright comes to the Proms. Joined by the instrumentalists of the Britten Sinfonia, the Canadian-American Grammy nominee performs a spectacular set, filling the Royal Albert Hall with his own brand of 'baroque pop' that references everything from opera to ragtime, Lieder to jazz. Wainwright returns on Saturday to close the festival at Proms in the Park. There will be no interval. Finish time approx. 23:30Performer Rufus Wainwright. Company Britten Sinfonia. Conductor Johannes Debus.
|11 Sep 14||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Vienna Philharmonic - T0712761340Who better to open tonight's Prom than Klaus Sonnleitner, present-day organist at St Florian's Abbey, Linz, where Bruckner himself became organist almost 160 years ago. Lorin Maazel conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, a vivid realisation of the self-doubting composer's lifelong ambition to build upon the legacies of Beethoven, Schubert and Wagner. Finish time: approx. 22:00Performer Klaus Sonnleitner (organ). Company Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Loriz Maazel.
|6 Sep 13||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Staff Benda Bilili & Baloji - T910486139Staff Benda Bilili are like nothing you have ever seen or heard before: a group of paraplegic street musicians and ex-street kids from the Democratic Republic of Congo, making music rooted in Soukous (or African rumba) with elements of old-school rhythm and blues, reggae and funk. ?Afropean' Congolese-born, Belgian-educated rapper Baloji mixes old and cutting-edge sounds with bitingly modern lyrics. But his most recent album finds him returning to his motherland in search of musical understanding and communal improvisation. There will be no interval. Finish time approx. 23:30Performer Staff Benda Bilili. Company Baloji.
|6 Sep 12||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Last Night of the Proms - T1776613069Tradition meets high jinks once again as Edward Gardner conducts his first Last Night of the Proms. For this grandest of grand finales there are two very special guests. Since her first Proms appearance in 1995, Susan Bullock has emerged as Britain's leading dramatic soprano, specialising in what she calls 'the large ladies' of the repertoire. None is more challenging than Brunnhilde, whose Immolation Scene concludes Wagner's epic Ring cycle. Also featured is a classical music superstar, as popular in the West as in his native China. Lang Lang plays Liszt at his most dazzling on this, his sixth visit to the Proms. Bartok's thrilling suite provides a blast of exotic orchestral colour. Arne, Parry and Elgar bring down the curtain in traditional fashion. But first the Master of the Queen's Music pays tribute to the Promenaders' fundraising efforts on behalf of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in his new work. Finish time: approx. 22:45.Conductor Edward Gardner. Performer Lang Lang (piano). Performer Susan Bullock (soprano). Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Edward Gardner.
|10 Sep 11||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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BBC Philharmonic - T1887545696To end our Schumann bicentenary survey, Irish pianist Finghin Collins plays the closest thing we have to a second Schumann piano concerto, while Robin Holloway offers a fresh slant on the composer's final song-cycle, which sets poems and prayers penned in exile and prison by Mary, Queen of Scots. Gianandrea Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic also include masterpieces by two other composers who sadly lived even shorter lives. Finish time: approx. 21:40Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Performer Dorothea Roschmann (soprano). Performer Finghin Collins (piano). Company BBC Philharmonic.
|9 Sep 10||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra - T0516623572In the second of its two Proms, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by its distinguished long-term associate and Honorary Member, Zubin Mehta, one of the rare recipients of the orchestra's coveted badge of honour, the Nikisch Ring. Together they reinvigorate Strauss's quintessentially quixotic set of 'fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character'. Brahms's final symphony also ends in a vast set of variations, his gloriously late-Romantic take on a Baroque-style passacaglia, using a theme borrowed from a Bach cantata. Approx finish time: 20:45. Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3. There will be an interval.Performer Christian Frohn (viola). Performer Tamas Varga (cello). Company Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Zubin Mehta.
|11 Sep 09||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Orchestre de Paris - T0506155593Finish time approx. 21:30Music Matthias Pintscher (22 mins)). Music Mahler (55 mins)). Performer Marisol Montalvo (soprano). Company Orchestre de Paris. Conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
|11 Sep 08||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Last Night of the Proms - T1846824775Company BBC Singers. Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Paul Daniel. Performer Andreas Scholl (counter-tenor). Performer John Williams (guitar). Performer Paul Lewis (piano). Performer Louise Winter (mezzo-soprano). Music Walton (Overture 'Portsmouth Point'). Music Handel (Xerxes - 'Ombra mai fu'; Rodelinda - 'Dove sei'; Giustino - 'Se parla nel mio cor'). Music Rodrigo (Concierto de Aranjuez). Music Lambert (The Rio Grande). Music Korngold (The Sea Hawk - suite). Music Simon Bainbridge (Scherzi). Music Purcell (King Arthur - 'Fairest Isle'). Music Trad. (Down by the Salley Gardens). Music Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance March No I). Music Henry Wood (Fantasia on British Sea-Songs - with additional numbers arr. [Bob Chilcott]). Music Parry (orch. Elgar - Jerusalem; The National Anthem; Auld Lang Syne).
|10 Sep 05||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
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Last Night of the Proms - T1612872904This concert will be broadcast on BBC2 (Part 1) and BBC1 (Part 2). Finish time approx. 22:30Music Dvorak (Overture - 'Carnival'). Music R.Strauss (Horn Concerto No 1 - in E flat major). Music Vaughan Williams (Five Mystical Songs). Music Barber (Toccata festiva). Music Peter Maxwell Davies (Sir - Ojai Festival Overture). Music Puccini (Madam Butterfly - Humming Chorus). Music Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma! - 'Oh what a beautiful morning'). Music Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate - 'I've got a little list). Music Sousa (Liberty Bell - march). Music Elgar (Pomp and Circumstance March No 1). Music Wood (arr. John Wilson and Stephen Jackson - Fantasia on British Sea-Songs). Music Parry (orch. Elgar - Jerusalem). Music The National Anthem. Music Auld Lang Syne. Performer Thomas Allen (baritone). Performer Simon Preston (organ). Performer David Pyatt (horn). Company BBC Singers. Company BBC Symphony Chorus. Company BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Leonard Slatkin.
|11 Sep 04||Royal Albert Hall, Inner London :: V221|
listing details L2126185354