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BBC PROMSAlice's Adventures In Wonderland20150730

Its early readers included Queen Victoria and a young Oscar Wilde. 150 years after it became a publishing sensation the writer Lynne Truss and children's novelist Philip Ardagh discuss 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and its enduring appeal to readers, writers and film makers with Anne McElvoy.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSAlissa Firsova20150827

, in conversation with Andrew McGregor, discusses the world premiere of Bergen's Bonfire and introduces performances of her chamber works.

BBC PROMSB Tommy Andersson20150903

, in conversation with Andrew McGregor, discusses the world premiere of Pan and introduces performances of his chamber works. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSBach's Organ Works20150823

A look at the organ music of JS Bach and its influence on later composers with musicologist Berta Joncus (Senior Lecturer in Music at Goldsmith's, University of London) and organist Daniel Hyde, who has recently performed Bach's complete works for the instrument. Recorded earlier this afternoon at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSBahla, William Letford20150817

Music from Bahla (pianist Joseph Costi and guitarist Tal Janes), and poetry by the award-winning Scottish poet William Letford, recorded live in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSBartok's Concerto For Orchestra20150826

Rachel Beckles Willson offers an insight into Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and discusses the life and work of the Hungarian composer.

BBC PROMSBeethoven And The Piano20150723

As Leif Ove Andsnes performs Beethoven's complete works for piano and orchestra at the BBC Proms, Tom Service explores Beethoven's writing for the piano, from his solo works to the influence of Mozart on his concertos. With Misha Donat and David Owen Norris.

Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSBruckner And Viennese Sacred Music20150801
BBC PROMSBruckner And Viennese Sacred Music20150801

Erik Levi discusses the relationship between Bruckner's Mass in F minor and the Viennese tradition of sacred music. Recorded at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSCharles Ives's Symphony No 420150909
BBC PROMSCharles Ives's Symphony No 420150909

Andrew McGregor investigates Charles Ives's Symphony no.4 in the context of his life, with guests Richard Bernas and Stephen Montague. Recorded earlier this evening at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSComposer's Eye View20150728

Prokofiev's 4th Piano Concerto was commissioned by Paul Wittgenstein but he never played the piece. In this interval feature we explore the challenges of writing a commission. Tom McKinney talks to composers, Larry Goves, Judith Bingham and Huw Watkins.

BBC PROMSDavid Hare20150904

, one of Britain's leading playwrights, discusses his new memoir, 'The Blue Touch Paper', with Matthew Sweet. When the National Theatre published its poll of the hundred best plays of the 20th century, David Hare had written five of them. He explains how he became a writer and the high price he and those around him paid for that decision.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSDh Lawrence - The Rainbow20150809

The novelists Helen Dunmore and Louise Welsh discuss DH Lawrence's 'The Rainbow', first published a hundred years ago in 1915, with Rana Mitter. The novel, which was banned on publication, tells the story of the Brangwen family as they face the decline of their pastoral life in the face of industrialisation. Presented by Rana Mitter.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSEzra Pound's Cathay20150729

In 1915 Ezra Pound published 'Cathay', a collection of poems translated from classical Chinese. For many the work was seen as one of the most important poetic responses to World War One. The poets Jo Shapcott and Sean O'Brien discuss what have been called poems of 'a supreme beauty' with Rana Mitter.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSFiddler On The Roof20150725

Award-winning actor Henry Goodman and director and designer Antony McDonald discuss the enduring appeal of the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof - one of the most successful in Broadway history - which tells the story of a Jewish community in 1905 Tsarist Russia. Sarah Dillon presents.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSFlea Circus, Holly Hopkins20150911
BBC PROMSFlea Circus, Holly Hopkins20150911

Music from Flea Circus, who draw on the canon of European jazz and contemporary music, and poetry from London-based writer Holly Hopkins. Recorded live in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall and introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSFollows The Rats With Jack Underwood20150907
BBC PROMSFollows The Rats With Jack Underwood20150907

A blend of European folk traditions from Follow the Rats, plus poetry from Jack Underwood, who publishes his debut collection this year. Recorded live in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall and introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSFranz Schmidt20150910
BBC PROMSFranz Schmidt20150910

Gavin Plumley and Erik Levi discuss the life and work of Austrian composer Franz Schmidt, including his Symphony No. 2. Presented by Martin Handley.

BBC PROMSGerman Romantic Poetry20150724

Karen Leeder, expert on German culture, on the great German Romantic poetry which inspired Beethoven throughout his life from Schiller's Ode to Joy to Goethe's Egmont and Treitschke's Fidelio.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSGoethe And The West-eastern Divan20150818

To complement this concert by the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, Paul Farley explores Goethe's poetic sequence, The West-Eastern Divan, from which Daniel Barenboim's orchestra takes its name.

In his later years, the German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was new-fired by his reading of eastern poetry - particularly the work of the Persian poet Hafiz. Goethe's life-affirming and sensual poetic cycle, The West-Eastern Divan (1814-18) is essentially a love poem to Hafiz.

Paul Farley explores Goethe's fascination with Arabic literature, and his admiration for Hafiz, whom he admired as both a hedonist and an enemy of dogmatic orthodoxy. The Divan is also, more poignantly, a way of mapping Goethe's own love affair with a young married woman, Marianne von Willemer - the real subject of the many sensual 'Suleika' poems.

Paul examines Goethe's role as a champion of eastern literature in the west and talks to poets and historians about the lasting legacy of the ideas that inform The West-Eastern Divan.

Produced by Emma Harding.

BBC PROMSHans Christian Andersen20150820

Why has Denmark played such a significant role in shaping modern ideas about childhood? The Danish-born historian and lecturer Lars Tharp and the writer on children's literature Julia Eccleshare explore the work and legacy of Hans Christian Andersen with Ian McMillan.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSHk Gruber20150720

In conversation with Christopher Cook, the composer HK Gruber discusses his music, including the world premiere performance of 'into the open...', his new work for percussion and orchestra, which opens the second half of tonight's Prom.

Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSHolst's The Planets Suite20150727

The composer Steven Price, who won an Oscar for Best Original Score for the space film 'Gravity', discusses the ways in which Holst's Planets Suite is still inspiring film composers to make an 'other-worldly' sound. Was Holst, as some say, the first sci-fi composer? New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon presents.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSHugh Wood20150722

, in conversation with Andrew McGregor, discusses the world premiere of Epithalamium and introduces performances of his chamber works played by students of the Royal Academy of Music. The first of this year's Proms Composer Portraits recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSJoyce's Big Lie20150911
BBC PROMSJoyce's Big Lie20150911

'Joyce's Big Lie' is a specially commissioned story by Deborah Moggach for the last Prom. Joyce is in Cornwall as autumn approaches and looking 'for love' So come the cooler weather, what lies ahead for her?

Reader Claire Skinner

Producer Duncan Minshull.

BBC PROMSLeif Ove Andsnes20150726

As he performs all of Beethoven's works for piano and orchestra at the BBC Proms, Leif Ove Andsnes talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about the culmination of his personal journey with these works which started in 2012.

Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSLeonard Bernstein20150905

Andrew McGregor is joined by Leonard Bernstein's daughter, the writer and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein, and Nigel Simeone, editor of The Leonard Bernstein Letters, to talk about Bernstein's music for stage and screen. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music in London.

BBC PROMSMemory In Performance20150802

As Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is played from memory, the actress Lisa Dwan, who has performed Samuel Beckett's monologues, and the opera singer Susan Bullock discuss the role of memory in performance with New Generation Thinker Eleanor Barraclough.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSMessiaen20150807

Christopher Dingle and Peter Hill explore the life and works of Olivier Messiaen, with a particular focus on the newly orchestrated Un oiseau des arbres de vie.

Presented by Christopher Cook. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSMessiaen's Turangalila Symphony20150813

Delve into Messiaen's mammoth Turangalila Symphony with guests Nigel Simeone and Caroline Rae. Presented by Petroc Trelawny, and recorded at the Royal College of Music earlier today.

BBC PROMSMichael Finnissy20150816

, in conversation with Andrew McGregor, discusses the world premiere of Janne and introduces performances of his chamber works.

BBC PROMSMiss Pulkinhorn20150721

Intrigue in an English cathedral in William Golding's classic 1950s story.

Miss Pulkinhorn is strong in her faith, but increasingly unhappy about the way in which her cathedral is led. When a homeless man joins the congregation, his ecstatic and what she considers indulgent devotions before the sacramental lamp force her to act - with fatal results.

Read by Nicholas Farrell

Produced and abridged by Justine Willett

Writer: Awarded both the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and the Booker Prize in 1980, William Golding is best known for his classic novel Lord of the Flies.

BBC PROMSMonteverdi's Orfeo20150804

Sara Mohr-pietsch hosts an introduction to Monteverdi's Orfeo, with opera historian Sarah Lenton and baroque music specialist David Vickers. Recorded at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSMozart's Piano Concertos20150819

Tim Jones and Roderick Swanston explore the nature of the piano concerto in the context of Mozart's own examples, with a focus on the Piano Concerto No. 22.

BBC PROMSMozart's The Abduction From The Seraglio20150814
BBC PROMSMozart's The Abduction From The Seraglio20150814

During the interval of tonight's concert, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, former director of the Proms and author of the Faber Pocket Guide to Mozart, introduces Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio" in conversation with pianist and Mozart scholar Karl Lutchmayer. Presented by Louise Fryer and recorded earlier this afternoon at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSMusic From Modal Point, Poetry From Sarah Howe20150727

A selection of music from Modal Point, a band blending and updating the traditions of Greece and Cyprus, and poetry from Hong Kong-born writer Sarah Howe. Recorded live in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall and introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSNicholas Kenyon20150719

The first of five special events marking the 120th anniversary of the Proms. Rana Mitter talks to Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of the Barbican and former director of the Proms, and the writer Leanne Langley about the events of August 1895 which led to the birth of Promenade Concerts with Henry Wood as chief conductor.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSNielsen's Concertos20150825

In the centenary of Nielsen's birth, Mikkel Zangenberg, Emily Beynon and Daniel Grimley outline the compositional styles in the composer's concertos.

Presented by Christopher Cook, and recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSOrff's Carmina Burana20150906

Christopher Cook introduces Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, with guests Tony Palmer and Graham Lack. Recorded earlier this evening at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSOscar Wilde In 189520150803

A series of events marking the 120th anniversary of the Proms. 1895 was a critical year for Oscar Wilde. His plays, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'An Ideal Husband' were first performed and he underwent three trials in the High Court. New Generation Thinker Shahidha Bari explores this tumultuous year with Philip Hoare, the author of 'Wilde's Last Stand' and Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson and co-editor of his Complete Letters.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

A series of events marking the 120th anniversary of the Proms. 1895 was a critical year for Oscar Wilde. His plays, 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'An Ideal Husband' were first performed and he underwent three trials in the High Court. New Generation Thinker Shahidha Bari explores this tumultuous year with Philip Hoare, the author of 'Oscar Wilde's Last Stand' and Merlin Holland, Wilde's grandson and co-editor of his Complete Letters.

BBC PROMSPierre Boulez20150812

Marking the 90th-birthday year of the eminent composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, during the interval of tonight's Prom, composer Julian Anderson and pianist Nicolas Hodges survey his life and career with Tom Service, a conversation recorded earlier this evening at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSProject Jam Sandwich, Liz Berry20150831
BBC PROMSProject Jam Sandwich, Liz Berry20150831

World-ranging folk styles from Project Jam Sandwich, and poetry from Birmingham-based writer Liz Berry. Recorded live in the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall and introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSProkofiev's Piano Concertos20150728

Petroc Trelawny delves into the life of Prokofiev and his five piano concertos with guests David Nice and Fiona Noble. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSProm 08: Late Night With...bbc Asian Network20150722

Live from the BBC Proms, the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Benny Dayal, Palak Muchhal, Naughty Boy and Bobby Friction.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Benny Dayal, vocalist

Palak Muchhal, vocalist

Kanika Kapoor, vocalist

Arrow Benjamin , vocalist

Emeli Sande, vocalist

Naughty Boy, live producer

Bobby Friction, presenter

BBC Philharmonic

Richard Davis, conductor

Indian singers Benny Dayal and Palak Muchhal, together with British Asian DJ, songwriter and producer Naughty Boy, headline a Prom by the BBC Philharmonic in association with BBC Asian Network and as part of the 50th anniversary this year of Asian programmes on the BBC. The event launches a new series of Proms curated in collaboration with six BBC national radio stations - including 6 Music, Radio 1 and Radio 2 - and BBC Music. Bobby Friction presents the very best of South Asian music, from Bollywood to contemporary sounds.

BBC PROMSProm 16: Late Night With - Bbc Radio 120150729

Radio 1's first ever Prom is less concert and more dance-party ? a musical homage to Ibiza and its infectious, energetic brand of club music. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Radio 1 in Ibiza, and the BBC Proms celebrate by bringing some of that Balearic ambience to the Royal Albert Hall. Celebrated British DJ Pete Tong introduces two decades' worth of club anthems, re-arranged for orchestra by Jules Buckley, and featuring contributions from chart-topping vocalists John Newman and Ella Eyre.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John Newman (vocalist)

Ella Eyre (vocalist)

Pete Tong (presenter)

Heritage Orchestra

Jules Buckley (conductor).

BBC PROMSProm 19: Alina Ibragimova Plays Bach20150731

Live at the BBC Proms, the first of two late-night concerts in which Alina Ibragimova performs all six of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001

Bach: Partita No. 1 in B minor for solo violin, BWV 1002

Bach: Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

When you place a single, solo instrumentalist in the Royal Albert Hall, a peculiar alchemy occurs.

Suddenly the huge space becomes charged with a collective energy, a concentration that amplifies the emotions and gestures of the music performed. When that happens at a Late Night Prom, it's particularly magical. Violinist Alina Ibragimova, making the first of several appearances this season, takes us back to what can seem like the purest expression of music, performing Bach's complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, split across two concerts (see also Prom 21).

BBC PROMSProm 21: Alina Ibragimova Plays Bach20150801
BBC PROMSProm 21: Alina Ibragimova Plays Bach20150801

Russian-born Alina Ibragimova gives the second of her two Late Night recitals of solo Bach, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin, BWV 1005

Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin, BWV 1006

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Alina's natural tendency towards a historically informed style of playing these works was formed while she was a teenager at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Her teachers at the time called for more vibrato, bigger gestures. 'I wanted something more direct,' she recalls. 'Less about me.'.

BBC PROMSProm 23: Verdi - Requiem20150802

Karen Cargill, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles, live at the BBC Proms, perform Verdi's Requiem.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Verdi: Requiem

Angela Meade (soprano)

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Yosep Kang (tenor)

Raymond Aceto (bass)

Concert Association of the Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

After a powerfully disquieting performance of Strauss's Salome last year, Donald Runnicles returns for the first of two appearances this summer, bringing together two musical institutions of which he is music director and chief conductor: the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the BBC SSO. They perform Verdi's Requiem - a work conductor Hans von Bülow described as 'an opera in ecclesiastical garb', written for the concert hall but distilling all the drama and intensity of the stage. At its core is the extended Dies irae sequence - a Day of Judgement whose terrors are not easily forgotten. The international cast of soloists includes Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.

(This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 5th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMSProm 25: Monteverdi - L'orfeo20150804

John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms with Monteverdi's groundbreaking opera in which the legendary musician Orpheus journeys to Hades to try to reclaim his beloved Eurydice. With the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Krystian Adam (Orpheus) and Mariana Flores (Eurydice)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

7.10pm:

Proms Extra

7.30pm:

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Orpheus.... Krystian Adam (tenor)

Eurydice/Hope.... Mariana Flores (soprano)

Music/Messenger.... Francesca Aspromonte (soprano)

Charon/Pluto.... Gianluca Buratto (bass)

Persephone.... Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)

Apollo/Shepherd 1.... Andrew Tortise (tenor)

Nymph.... Esther Brazil (mezzo-soprano)

Shepherd 2/Spirit 2/Echo.... Gareth Treseder (tenor)

Spirit 1.... Nicholas Mulroy (tenor)

Shepherd 3.... James Hall (counter-tenor)

Shepherd 4/Spirit 3.... David Shipley (bass)

Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Monteverdi's Orfeo is the first great opera ? the moment when psychological truth and musical virtuosity came together to tell a story of love, loss and the power of art. Sir John Eliot Gardiner ? making the first of two appearances this year, tonight with the English Baroque Soloists ? transforms the Royal Albert Hall into the 17th-century Mantuan court of the Gonzagas with some of Monteverdi's loveliest melodies and most colourful instrumental writing, bringing the tale of Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice to fresh musical life.

BBC PROMSProm 27: Late Night With - Bbc Radio 6 Music20150805

6Music's Mary Anne Hobbs presents a late night Prom performance featuring the influential German composer-performer Nils Frahm and the American duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Mary Anne Hobbs

Nils Frahm (piano/keyboards)

Members of Wayne McGregor

Random Dance

A Winged Victory for the Sullen

London Brass

For this late-night 6Music Prom, Mary Anne Hobbs brings together two of her most ardent musical interests: the influential German composer-performer Nils Frahm and the American duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen, musicians who explore the borderlands of classical music. All are making their Proms debut this season. Mary Anne's interest in these artists was piqued when she noticed the seismic effect their music had whenever she played it on her 6Music weekend breakfast show.

BBC PROMSProm 30: The John Wilson Orchestra Performs Frank Sinatra20150807

Seth MacFarlane, Jamie Parker and Claire Martin with the John Wilson Orchestra and John Wilson, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill and Clarke Peters

Seth MacFarlane (vocalist)

Jamie Parker (vocalist)

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson conductor

'The Voice'... 'Ol' Blue Eyes'... 'The Sultan of Swoon': the mythology surrounding Frank Sinatra is overwhelming. A gifted entertainer, screen actor and ubiquitous personality, his real legacy as a pioneer of popular song can sometimes get lost in the clamour. This Late Night Prom celebrates the centenary of this musical legend in a concert that brings together some of the great voices of our own time, led by the multitalented Seth MacFarlane and vocalists Jamie Parker and Claire Martin. Join John Wilson and his orchestra for an after-hours sequence of big tunes and even bigger performances.

BBC PROMSProm 31: National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20150808

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Mark Elder, live at the BBC Proms, with Mahler's 9th Symphony and the London premiere of a new work by Tansy Davies: Re-greening

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-pietsch

Tansy Davies: Re-greening (London premiere)

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

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 London premiere of Tansy Davies's Re-greening, a celebration of spring written specially as a complement to Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 17th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMSProm 37: Late Night With - Bbc Radio 1xtra20150812

Classical meets urban as rappers Wretch 32, Stormzy and Krept and Konan join the Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Wretch 32 (rapper)

Stormzy (rapper)

Krept and Konan (rap duo)

MistaJam (presenter)

Sian Anderson (presenter)

Metropole Orkest

Jules Buckley (conductor)

Following 2013's Urban Classic Prom, BBC Radio 1Xtra joins the BBC Proms in a high-octane Late Night celebration of the thriving urban music scene, from hip hop to grime. Rappers Wretch 32, Stormzy and Krept and Konan join presenters MistaJam and Sian Anderson on stage, to set the Royal Albert Hall dancing in new remixes blending classical and urban styles, with a little help from Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest.

BBC PROMSProm 48: Late-night Bach20150821
BBC PROMSProm 48: Late-night Bach20150821

The BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music and David Hill, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Bach: Mass in G minor (BWV 235)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major (BWV 1047)

Bach: Magnificat in D major (BWV 243)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Singers

Academy of Ancient Music

David Hill (conductor)

Bach's much-loved Magnificat, bright with fanfares and lively with dance rhythms, is paired with the composer's Mass in G minor in this Late Night Prom by the BBC Singers and the Academy of Ancient Music. Though sometimes overlooked, Bach's Lutheran Masses are a treasure-trove of melody, borrowing their themes from the best of Bach's own cantatas. Completing the programme is the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, with its muscular textures and brilliant brass and wind colours.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 26th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 50: Bach - Goldberg Variations20150822

András Schiff performs JS Bach's Goldberg Variations, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Bach: 'Goldberg' Variations, BWV 988

András Schiff, piano

Grammy Award-winning pianist Sir András Schiff is a titan of the keyboard, bringing his distinctive blend of clarity and authority to repertoire from Bach to Bartók. Tonight he continues his long association with Bach's music in a performance of the composer's 'Goldberg' Variations - a monumental work composed, according to its title-page, 'for the refreshment of the spirits'. The resulting Aria and variations are a compositional wonder, a sequence of musical miniatures unequalled in all Bach's output.

BBC PROMSProm 65: Alice Coote Sings Handel20150903

Live at the BBC Proms: Alice Coote and The English Concert with Harry Bicket in a programme of Handel arias.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Handel - Arias from operas, oratorios and cantatas

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

The English Concert

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Susannah Waters (stage director)

A programme of arias from Handel's operas, oratorios and cantatas - including Giulio Cesare, Semele, Hercules, Theodora, Messiah and Tra le fiamme - as a window on 'being both': the dilemmas and turbulent emotions experienced by both male and female characters

Few composers express emotion as directly or with greater psychological truth than Handel. British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote explores the full gamut of these emotions in a Late Night Prom featuring some of Handel's greatest arias. Taking on both male and female roles, she delves into what it means to be a man, or a woman, in Handel's world of sorceresses and knights, kings and queens. She is joined in her theatrical journey by regular collaborators and period-performance specialists Harry Bicket and The English Concert.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 9th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMSProm 68: Bach - Six Cello Suites20150905

Yo-Yo Ma performs the complete solo cello suites by JS Bach, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007

Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008

Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009

Bach: Suite No. 4 in E flat major for solo cello, BWV 1010

Bach: Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello, BWV 1011

Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello, BWV 1012

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

American cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been a regular Proms soloist for almost 40 years, and now tackles perhaps his boldest performance to date. He performs the complete Bach solo cello suites - over two hours of music - in a single concert: a feat as challenging intellectually as it is physically. Though neglected until the 20th century, the suites represent some of Bach's greatest musical achievements - music at its purest and most profound. Ma's relationship with them extends back over many decades and multiple recordings, generating expressive performances distinguished by their depth of emotion.

BBC PROMSProm 74: Wireless Nights Prom With Jarvis Cocker20150910

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Jarvis Cocker (presenter)

BBC Philharmonic

Richard Hills (organ)

Manchester Chamber Choir (ladies)

Maxime Tortelier (conductor)

In the last of this year's Proms collaborations with six of the BBC national radio stations and BBC Music, Jarvis Cocker brings his popular Radio 4 show Wireless Nights to the Royal Albert Hall. As the BBC Philharmonic help Jarvis drift off to sleep, he soon finds himself on an underwater voyage down to the endless night of the ocean bed. En route, he meets psychoanalyst Jung, two submariners trapped on a tiny submersible and a freediver experiencing "the rapture of the deep". The BBC Philharmonic creates a sonic seascape and accompany Jarvis Cocker in songs by Echo and the Bunnymen and Jeff Buckley.

BBC PROMSProm 76: Last Night Of The Proms 201520150912

The Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall. Marin Alsop conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Chorus, and soloists.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Clemency Burton-Hill

Eleanor Alberga: Arise, Athena! (BBC commission: world premiere)

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major

Arvo Pärt: Credo

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Puccini: Recondita armonia from Tosca

Puccini: Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Nessun dorma from Turandot

20:35 Live Interval - Sean and Clemency chat to a variety of guests in the hall, and Georgia Mann talks to some Prommers in the arena.

Johnson: Victory Stride

Copland: 'I bought me a cat' (Old American Songs)

Gershwin arr P. Grainger: Love Walked In

Gould: Boogie Woogie Etude

Lehár: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from The Land of Smiles

Grieg: Morning (Peer Gynt, Op 23)

Delibes: Les filles de Cadix

Rodgers and Hammerstein arr. Chris Hazell: The Sound of Music - medley

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')

Wood: Fantasia on British Sea-Songs - Jack's the Lad (Hornpipe) and Home, Sweet Home

Arne: Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)

Parry: Jerusalem (orch. Elgar)

Traditional arr Britten: The National Anthem

Traditional arr. Cedric Thorpe Davie: Auld Lang Syne

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Danielle de Niese (soprano)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Marin Alsop, who triumphed at 2013's Last Night, presides over a finale that opens with the new and ends with the Last Night favourites.

BBC PROMSProms Poetry Competition20150908

Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan, poet Kate Clanchy and Judith Palmer of the Poetry Society introduce the winning entries in this year's Proms Poetry Competition - and welcome some of the winners on stage. The poems are read by Carolyn Pickles.

In association with the Poetry Society.

The poet Daljit Nagra and Radio 3 presenter Ian McMillan introduce the winning entries in this year's Proms Poetry Competition - and welcome some of the winners on stage to read them.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSProms Preview20150716

On the eve of the BBC Proms 2015 Petroc Trelawny previews the season live from the Royal Albert Hall in London - two months of many of the world's greatest artists, composers, orchestras and ensembles including Last Night celebrations around the UK.

2015 is packed to the brim and Petroc will guide you through a season which features piano concertos by Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev and choral masterpieces by Verdi, Elgar and Walton, as well as Proms celebrating the music of Nielsen and Sibelius, Bach and Boulez, Sondheim and Bernstein.

Whether it be a Prom, Proms Matinee, Proms Chamber Music or Proms Extra, Petroc will be your on-air guide to the music of this year's season. And, as the excitement mounts on stage and back stage at the Royal Albert Hall, Petroc will talk to artists during their final rehearsals and will hunt out those who make the Proms the best music festival in the world - from lighting engineers, instrument tuners and movers to the person in charge of bringing the music to you, whether it be your seat in the Albert Hall or on the radio in the comfort of your own home.

BBC PROMSPuck, By Edith Pearlman20150809

In Puck, by the lauded short story writer Edith Pearlman, some

amusing and quirky events take place after the acquisition of

a small statue, that stands pride of place in Rennie's

antique shop.

Reader, Sara Kestelman

Producer, Duncan Minshull

BBC PROMSPump And Circumstance2013011120150908 (R3)

Andrew McGregor takes to the saddle, riding in the tyre tracks of Edward Elgar on a journey to his house in Great Malvern to explore how the composer's relationship with his bicycle influenced his music.

BBC PROMSScriabin - The Poem Of Ecstasy20150806

Marina Frolova-Walker offers insights into Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy and the world of the composer. Recorded at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSShostakovich's Leningrad Symphony20150731

Tom Service hosts an exploration of the historical context of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony, the 'Leningrad' - with guests Marina Frolova-Walker and David Fanning. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSShostakovich's Orango20150824
BBC PROMSShostakovich's Orango20150824

An introduction to Shostakovich's unfinished opera Orango, hosted by Tom Service and with guests Marina Frolova-Walker and Gerard McBurney, who orchestrated the Prologue to Orango. Recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSSibelius's Kullervo And Its Influences20150829
BBC PROMSSibelius's Kullervo And Its Influences20150829

Martin Handley is joined by Daniel Grimley and Andrew Mellor to explore Sibelius?s choral symphony Kullervo and its influences.

Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSSibelius's Symphonies20150815

In the interval of tonight's concert, as this year's Proms survey of his complete symphonic cycle begins, Charlotte Ashby and Stephen Johnson explore Sibelius's symphonies and the historical context of their composition. Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch and recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSSir Arthur Conan Doyle Remembers20150816

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle looks back at his career as a writer and reflects on the methods and reputation of his greatest fictional creation, Mr Sherlock Holmes.

Starting with his humble beginnings as a writer of 'cheap fiction' for a range of Victorian periodicals, Conan Doyle describes his ascent to the status of cult author. These extracts from the author's 1924 autobiography Memories and Adventures also take in his first impressions of fashionable London literary life, including lunch with Oscar Wilde; some memorable interactions with his legions of fans; and his sometimes troubled relationship with Sherlock Holmes himself.

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Reader: Gordon Kennedy

Producer: Simon Richardson.

BBC PROMSSome Versions Of Pastoral20150821
BBC PROMSSome Versions Of Pastoral20150821

A new story by DJ Taylor, from his 2015 collection Wrote For Luck.

The Underwoods are proud of their illustrious associations with the intellectual world of the early 20th Century. Yet when their younger friends, under some duress, pay a visit to the Underwoods' Suffolk garden, the fragility of their world becomes painfully apparent.

Read by Adrian Scarborough

Produced and abridged by Anne Isger

Executive Producer: Justine Willett.

BBC PROMSSounds Of Swing20150811

Jazz historian and broadcaster Alyn Shipton explores the sounds of swing with Harvey Cohen and Catherine Tackley.

BBC PROMSStalin's Ghost20150823
BBC PROMSStalin's Ghost20150823

Long after his death and denunciation and decades after the end of Communism, Stalin remains a spectral presence in Russian cultural life. In a nation still grappling with its history and unable to detach the deadly legacy of the 'Kremlin Crag Dweller' from the dreams of a Red Empire or his role in the victory of the Great Patriotic War, where is Stalin in the cultural imagination?

Martin Sixsmith explores Stalin's presence and power from the last decades of Soviet rule through to the age of Putin and asks can what kind of Stalin still lingers in words and song?

Producer: Mark Burman.

BBC PROMSThe Arabian Nights20150907

New Generation Thinker Shahidha Bari and the Moroccan actress Houda Echouafni who played Sheherazade in a six hour stage version at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, trace the history of the One Thousand and One Nights, the collection of stories and folk tales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age which has enthralled readers for centuries. Anne McElvoy presents.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

New Generation Thinker Shahidha Bari and the Moroccan actress Houda Echouafni trace the history of the Arabian Nights, the collection of stories and folk tales compiled during the Islamic Golden Age which have enthralled readers for centuries with their tales of mischief, romance and adventure. Anne McElvoy presents.

BBC PROMSThe Arts In 194520150810

Out of the rubble and ashes of the Second World War, new sounds and thoughts rent the air in the first months of peace. Artists no longer had to meet the demands of a world at war, some returned from the horror of the camps, others had been honing their talents in the service of the nation. But now they could begin again.

BBC PROMSThe Biggest Bonfire In The World20150827

Every year in Norway they build one of the largest bonfires in the world. Given the nature of their winters you'd expect Norwegians to light good fires. Except this one's in the middle of Summer, to celebrate the birth of John the Baptist; and some brave soul has to climb a 100-foot wood pile and light it from the top. Beginning with that moment Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough watches fire kindling right across Norse culture. She asks why over a million people would watch a 12-hour broadcast of a small fire on Norwegian TV. She talks to people who argue for hours about the best way to stack a wood pile. And she whisks us through time, through myth, legend and volcanic chaos to the great conflagration of Ragnarok - the bonfire at the end of history.

Producer: Melvin Rickarby.

BBC PROMSThe Landscapes Of Charles Jencks20150722

The Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, with its two substantial buildings, is set in extensive grounds. As you approach Modern One, a surprising vista awaits. The lawn to the front opens onto a sweeping, serpentine mound, with curving terraces shaped from the grass. These terraces are reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water. You pause, compelled to gaze at this dramatic work, drawn to its strange beauty and serenity.

It was designed in 2002 by architect and writer Charles Jencks who at the age of 50, with his wife Maggie Keswick, started to design what he called 'landforms', landscapes that are themselves a work of art, a mixture of 'landscape plus architecture plus urbanism'. It was Maggie who, after being diagnosed with cancer, started the Maggie's Centres, where Jencks has played a guiding role. Since her death, he has spent the last twenty years designing and creating extraordinary landscapes across Scotland - with one in China.

In this Interval, recorded on the summer solstice, writer and broadcaster Anna Magnusson travels to Dumfries on the west coast of Scotland to meet Charles Jencks as he guides her through his latest creation, the Crawick Multiverse.

Jencks creates contemporary settings with the organic grandeur found in Neolithic temples and stone circles and Crawick he describes as "a landscape worthy of the ancients". His landforms explore how we as humans are connected to this, physically and spiritually. He discusses the philosophy behind these very distinctive works, detailing his fascination with the patterns displayed in nature.

Producer: Caitlin Smith

Poet: Rab Wilson.

BBC PROMSThe London School Of Economics In 189520150902

120 years ago, the year of the first Proms concerts, the London School of Economics was founded with the aim of improving society by promoting greater equality. Professor Michael Cox explores the key events in the university's history with Stephanie Flanders.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe Lumiere Brothers In 189520150822

In 1895, the year the Proms began, the pioneering Lumière brothers developed their Cinématographe, the world's first film camera, and showed their footage in public screenings. The film historian Ian Christie discusses the year that the art of film was born with New Generation Thinker Will Abberley.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe Making Of Life Story20150830

An insight into the making of Sir David Attenborough's natural history television series "Life Story" with executive producer Michael Gunton and the composer Murray Gold, who wrote the original score for the acclaimed BBC series. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music in London.

BBC PROMSThe Mark Pringle Trio, Inua Ellams20150824
BBC PROMSThe Mark Pringle Trio, Inua Ellams20150824

Music from The Mark Pringle Trio, and poetry by the multi-talented Nigerian-born poet Inua Ellams, recorded live in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSThe Musical Styles Of Brahms's Era20150901

Nicholas Baragwanath explores the musical styles of Brahms's era and how they affect present-day performances of the composer's works. Recorded earlier today at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe National Trust In 189520150817

1895, the year of the first Proms concerts, the National Trust was founded with the aim of saving the nation's heritage and open spaces. The Trust's Director, Dame Helen Ghosh, and the nature writer Patrick Barkham discuss its history with Anne McElvoy.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe San Francisco Symphony20150830

An insight into the work of the San Francisco Symphony, with guests including the orchestra's Director of Artistic Planning, Nicholas Winter.

BBC PROMSThe Song Of The Lark20150831
BBC PROMSThe Song Of The Lark20150831

The American novelist Willa Cather's 'The Song of the Lark' was first published a hundred years ago in 1915. Her biographer Dame Hermione Lee talks to New Generation Thinker Sarah Dillon about Cather's story of a young girl who leaves her home town in Colorado to pursue a career as an opera singer. The reader is Laurel Lefkow.

Recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSThe Summer House20150816

In Norway you'd call it a sommerhus, in Finland a mokki, in Russia a dacha and in Sweden a stuga. In English there is no adequate word for these havens in the forests and by the water where our northern neighbours withdraw for the summer.

Kate Clanchy, who has spent time in mokkis and stugas, reveals how these are not mere second homes for the wealthy - most people have access to one. Nor are they places of total relaxation: there are logs to be chopped, potatoes to be grown and mushrooms and berries to be gathered. The summer house is where people reconnect with the land, with nature, with each other and themselves.

She contemplates the atmosphere and the light, and the way this imbues so much of the music and writing we love, the work of Grieg, Sibelius, Chekhov, Nabokov and Tove Jansson, author of 'The Summer Book'.

Producer: Julian May

First broadcast 11/08/2010.

BBC PROMSThe World Of Yesterday20150828
BBC PROMSThe World Of Yesterday20150828

From Stefan Zweig's autobiography The World of Yesterday, translated by Anthea Bell.

Zweig recalls his passion for music, paintings and books. But you didn't get an arts education at school - you learnt in the real world. It's turn-of-the-century Vienna and lively times for all..

Reader Paul Ritter

Producer Duncan Minshull.

BBC PROMSTurquerie20150814
BBC PROMSTurquerie20150814

How a craze for all things Turkish permeated everyday European life in the late 17th and 18th centuries.

Presenter Nandini Das and pioneer in the field of Turquerie Haydn Williams take a trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and explore how art, culture, dress, food, and social habits were influenced by this forgotten fashion, rooted in fantasy and masquerade, which swept across Europe.

BBC PROMSVula Viel, Megan Beech20150810

Music from Vula Viel who fuse traditional African sounds with electronica and minimalist influences, and poetry by the award-winning feminist poet Megan Beech, recorded live in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMSWalton - Symphony No 220150805

JPE Harper-Scott and David Matthews introduce Walton's Symphony No.2 in the context of 20th-century British music. Presented by Petroc Trelawny. Recorded earlier at the Royal College of Music.

BBC PROMSWill A Machine Ever Be Able To Sing?20150903

Professor Trevor Cox asks if technology will ever match the human voice.

Attempts to develop a machine that can sing date back to Wolfgang von Kempelen's Speaking Machine of 1769, which was a physical model of the vocal tract. Trevor goes to York University to see if David Howard can get von Kempelen's Machine to sing.

There were further attempts to create singing mechanical or electrical machines that could sing, but it was only with the development of computer technology that a lifelike singing machine became possible.

In the early 1990s a computer model of the physics of the human vocal tract performed Nessun Dorma - the machine was called Pavarobotti. Trevor talks to Pavarobotti's inventor, Ingo Titze.

In the early 21st century, samples of a real singer were used to create a library of sounds which can be pieced together to create the impression of a real person singing opera. Trevor speaks to the music journalist Kate Hutchinson about how this technology has developed in a surprising way, and has taken on a new life of its own.

BBC PROMS01Prom 01 (part 1): First Night Of The Proms20150717

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Sakari Oramo in Nielsen, Mozart, Sibelius and Walton launch this year's BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade

Gary Carpenter: Dadaville (BBC commission: world premiere)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466

8.30pm Interval

8.50pm

Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast suite

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Lars Vogt (piano)

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London. Lars Vogt, Christopher Maltman, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo launch this year's BBC Proms.

Two Nordic anniversaries launch this year's BBC Proms: Denmark's Carl Nielsen and Finland's Jean Sibelius both celebrate their 150th-birthday years.

Two exotic musical retellings of the story of the Babylonian king Belshazzar include the first of this summer's feast of choral works.

Celebrated German pianist Lars Vogt is soloist in the first of six late great Mozart piano concertos, and British composer Gary Carpenter spearheads the 32 premieres this season - a musical taste of things to come.

BBC PROMS01Prom 02 (part 1): Ten Pieces Prom20150718

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Sondergard perform music from Ten Pieces, the initiative that aims to inspire children to get creative with classical music.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Holst: Mars (from The Planets)

Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor (first movement)

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Britten: 'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes)

Handel: Zadok the Priest

7.15 pm Interval

7.35

Anna Meredith: Connect It (BBC Commission; London Premiere)

Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain

Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 (third Movement)

Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Stravinsky: The Firebird (Suite 1910) (finale)

Barney Harwood

Dick and Dom

Molly Rainford

Dan Starkey

Tim Thorpe (horn)

Ten Pieces Children's Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

Since the Ten Pieces film launched last October, children in schools across the UK have been working on their own creative responses to music by Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Mussorgsky and others, with the help of BBC ensembles. Some of the results now come to the Royal Albert Hall, where they will be performed alongside extracts from the Ten Pieces that inspired them. This Prom is a musical celebration showcasing digital art, dance and new composition, bringing the first year of the BBC's Ten Pieces project to a triumphant close. Barney Harwood and Dick and Dom join in the fun.

(This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 22nd July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 04 (part 1): Beethoven's Symphony No 920150719

Lucy Crowe, Gerhild Romberger, Dmitry Popov, Kostas Smoriginas with the CBSO and CBSO Chorus conducted by Andris Nelsons live at the BBC Proms in Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus overture

John Woolrich: Falling Down (London premiere)

(Margaret Cookhorn, contrabassoon)

7.55 pm Interval

8.15 pm

Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo)

Dmytro Popov (tenor)

Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone)

CBSO Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony is a celebration of human endeavour, as is his ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus. Andris Nelsons gives his final concert as Music Director of the CBSO before returning (see Proms 49 and 51) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which he became Music Director last season. John Woolrich's dark, sardonic contra-bassoon concerto was written for the CBSO's own contrabassoonist Margaret Cookhorn.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 20th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 06 (part 1): Poulenc, Stravinsky, Haydn And Mozart20150721

Organist James O'Donnell, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms in music by Stravinsky, Haydn and Mozart, and Poulenc's organ concerto

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Poulenc: Organ Concerto

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

7.50pm Interval

8.10pm

J Haydn: Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIII

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

James O'Donnell (organ)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

The Royal Albert Hall's great organ is showcased in a series of Proms this year, starting with Poulenc's Baroque-inspired Organ Concerto - all Gothic flourishes and grand gestures. Also gazing back to the Baroque, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms is a devout musical gesture, reimagining religious rituals on a symphonic scale. The second half pairs two Classical masterpieces: Haydn's cheery Te Deum and Mozart's enduringly popular 'Jupiter' Symphony.

BBC PROMS01Prom 07 (part 1): Delius, Nielsen, Hugh Wood And Ravel20150722

Mark Simpson, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis live at the BBC Proms in music by Delius, Nielsen, Hugh Wood and Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe suite No 2

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Delius: In a Summer Garden

Hugh Wood: Epithalamion (BBC commission) (World premiere)

7.45 pm Interval

8.05 pm

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, Op 57

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe - Suite No. 2

Mark Simpson, clarinet

Rebecca Bottone, soprano

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Afternoon heat breeds musical languor in a Prom that drifts from Delius's summer garden to the classical landscapes of Ravel's lovers Daphnis and Chloe. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Mark Simpson is the soloist in anniversary composer Nielsen's intimate, playful Clarinet Concerto. Hugh Wood's Epithalamion is a new cantata, featuring soprano Rebecca Bottone, that delights in John Donne's sensuous and jubilant verse.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 24th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 09 (part 1): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150723

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra live at the BBC Proms embark on the Beethoven piano concerto cycle, and Stravinsky's classically inspired ballet Apollon musagète

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète

8.40 Interval

9.00

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G major

Mahler Chamber Orchestra Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes embarks on his Proms cycle of Beethoven piano concertos, directing the dynamic Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Each concert features a work by Stravinsky (in this case the composer's classically inspired ballet Apollon musagète ('Apollo, Leader of the Muses') - music, the impresario Diaghilev claimed, 'not of this world, but of somewhere above.'

(This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 26th July at 4pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 10 (part 1): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150724

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra live at the BBC Proms continue the Beethoven piano concerto cycle, alongside music by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat major 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor

8.30pm Interval

8.50

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden, Op 13 (a cappella version)

Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor for piano, chorus and orchestra, 'Choral Fantasy' Op 80

BBC Singers

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director

David Hill, conductor

In his Third Piano Concerto Beethoven opened up a new dramatic and physical scope, pushing the instrument to new expressive lengths. The same maverick energy pulses through the 'Choral Fantasy', anticipating the Ninth Symphony in its unexpected resort to words in its finale. In Schoenberg's tour de force Friede auf Erden ('Peace on Earth') the composer takes tonality to its limits. Stravinsky's 'Dumbarton Oaks' Concerto is a delightful neo-Classical romp, an elegant homage to the 18th century.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 27th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 11 (part 1): Fiddler On The Roof20150725

Grange Park Opera bring their acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof to the BBC Proms. Bryn Terfel stars, joining the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor David Charles Abell.

Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's Fiddler on the Roof brims with numbers such as 'If I were a rich man', 'Sunrise, sunset' and 'Miracle of Miracles'. Hampshire's Grange Park Opera makes its Proms debut with a semi-staged performance of its new production starring Bryn Terfel as Tevye, the village milkman in pre-Revolutionary Russia trying, in vain, to bring up his five daughters within the time-honoured traditions of his Jewish forebears.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Bock: Fiddler on the Roof (semi-staged)

Tevye - Bryn Terfel

Golde - Janet Fullerlove

Tzeitel - Charlotte Harwood

Hodel - Katie Hall

Chava - Molly Lynch

Yente - Rebecca Wheatley

Lazar Wolf - Cameron Blakely

Motel Kamzoil - Anthony Flaum

Perchik - Jordan Pollard

Fyedka - Craig Fletcher

Constable - Mark Heenehan

Shprintze - Maisie Tween

Bielke - Bella Donald

Rabbi - Richard Reaville

Grandma Tzeitel - Helen Ogden

Fruma-Sarah - Gemma Morsley

Nachum - David Booth

Shaindel - Sidonie Winter

Mendel - Seumas Begg

Mordcha - Richard Woodall

Avram - Ryan Ross

Fiddler - Houcheng Kian

Grange Park Opera

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Charles Abell (conductor).

BBC PROMS01Prom 12 (part 1): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150726

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, live at the BBC Proms, complete the cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos contrasting the Second and Fifth with Stravinsky's Octet.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Stravinsky: Octet

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

INTERVAL

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'Emperor', Op 73

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra complete their cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos with Nos. 2 and 5 - the composer's first and final experiments in the genre.

In No. 2 a spacious and lovely central Adagio is framed with Mozartian grace in the outer movements, while the Fifth is the composer's last word on the subject - a musical emancipation of the soloist that anticipates the Romantic concertos of Beethoven's successors. Looking to the musical past for inspiration once again, Stravinsky's Octet pastiches the forms and textures of the 18th century, colouring them with a mood and mischief all his own.

(This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 28th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 13 (part 1): Holst - The Planets20150727

Susanna Mälkki conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Boulez's Notations and Holst's The Planets. Leila Josefowicz joins for the UK premiere of Luca Francesconi's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Pierre Boulez: Notations 1-4 and 7

Luca Francesconi: Duende - The Dark Notes (BBC co-commission) (UK premiere)

8.20

INTERVAL

8.40

Holst: The Planets

Leila Josefowicz (violin)

Elysian Singers (women's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki conductor

Once an irascible enfant terrible, Pierre Boulez was born 90 years ago. The Proms celebrations continue with one of his earliest works. Originally a series of 12 brilliant miniatures for piano, Notations is gradually being expanded by the composer into an orchestral cycle. Holst's The Planets brings musical imagery of a different kind. Violinist Leila Josefowicz makes a welcome return to the Proms, with the UK premiere of a concerto composed specially for her by one of Italy's greatest living composers.

(This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 30th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 14 (part 1): Prokofiev - The Piano Concertos20150728

The pianists Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan and Alexei Volodin join the LSO and Valery Gergiev to perform the complete Prokofiev Piano Concertos, live at the BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Concerto

8pm:

INTERVAL

8.20pm: Part 2

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major

8.50pm:

9.10pm: Part 3

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major

Daniil Trifonov (piano) (Concertos 1 and 3)

Sergei Babayan (piano) (Concertos 2 and 5)

Alexei Volodin (piano) (Concerto 4)

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev conductor

All five Prokofiev piano concertos in one concert - it's a feat conductor Valery Gergiev achieved in 2012 at the Mariinsky and now brings to the Proms, along with three of his original pianists. It's a rare opportunity to hear three international soloists back-to-back, to compare styles and approaches, as well as to explore the composer's later, lesser-known concertos with their newly expressive tenderness. Daniil Trifonov, the prodigious young winner of the Tchaikovsky and Chopin Competitions, shares the bill with his teacher Sergei Babayan, while Alexei Volodin tackles the rarely heard Fourth, commissioned, like Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

BBC PROMS01Prom 15 (part 1): Prokofiev, Qigang Chen And Rachmaninov20150729

BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Xian Zhang live at the BBC Proms, in music by Prokofiev, a work by China's Qigang Chen and Rachmaninov's much-loved Second Symphony

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, 'Classical'

Qigang Chen: Iris dévoilée

7.30 pm - INTERVAL

7.50 pm

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Meng Meng (soprano)

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Piia Komsi (soprano)

Jia Li (pipa)

Jing Chang (zheng)

Nan Wang (erhu)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor)

Following last night's Prokofiev piano concerto cycle, tonight's Prom opens with the Russian's bright and joyous 'Classical' Symphony, which surprised critics of the young firebrand composer with its formal elegance. It's paired with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony - beloved for its intimate, lyrical slow movement. Rachmaninov might be the original composer of the 'big tune', but it's an instinct China's Qigang Chen - a pupil of Messiaen - shares. East and West come together for his evocative Iris dévoilée, pairing traditional Chinese instruments with Western harmonies.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 31st July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 17 (part 1): Halle - Debussy, Vaughan Williams And Elgar20150730

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé orchestra, live at the BBC Proms, with a programme of Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Elgar.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Vaughan Williams: Sancta civitas

8.20 pm INTERVAL

8.40 pm

Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major, Op 63

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Iain Paterson (baritone)

Hallé Youth Choir

Trinity Boys Choir

Hallé Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Hallé

Mark Elder (conductor)

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé champion Vaughan Williams's neglected oratorio Sancta civitas - an ecstatic vision of post-apocalyptic salvation. It's a piece made for the huge space of the Royal Albert Hall, where its heavenly trumpets and choirs can swell to full force. Described by Elgar's wife as 'vast in design and supremely beautiful', his Second Symphony took a while to win public affection, but is now almost as cherished as Debussy's evocative tone-poem depicting the lascivious thoughts of a sleepy faun - a work the composer Pierre Boulez has hailed as signalling the beginning of modern music.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 3rd August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 18 (part 1): Katia And Marielle Labeque20150731

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's epic 7th Symphony. Katia and Marielle Labèque play Mozart's E flat Concerto for two pianos. Live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Mozart: Concerto in E flat major for two pianos, K365

7.30 pm INTERVAL

7.50 pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C major, 'Leningrad'

Katia Labèque (piano)

Marielle Labèque (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Mozart's concerto for two pianos as a complement to our focus on the composer's late piano concertos. Written in the 1770s for Mozart and his own sister 'Nannerl' to perform, it's a work that delights in the interplay of dialogue, with a slow movement that is a tender conversation between friends. Intimacy gives way to epic gestures in Shostakovich's sprawling 'Leningrad' Symphony - one of the giants of the symphonic repertoire, and a passionate musical testament to the 25 million Soviet citizens killed in the Second World War.

(This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 4th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 20 (part 1): Schubert, Luke Bedford And Bruckner20150801
BBC PROMS01Prom 20 (part 1): Schubert, Luke Bedford And Bruckner20150801

The BBC Philharmonic with Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena perform music by Bruckner, Schubert and the world premiere of 'Instability' by Luke Bedford.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor 'Tragic'

Luke Bedford: Instability (BBC commission) (world premiere)

7.30 pm

INTERVAL

7.50 pm

Bruckner: Mass No. 3 in F minor

Luba Orgonášová (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

Derek Welton (bass-baritone)

Orfeón Pamplonés

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Although composed for the church, it is in the concert hall that the dramatic scale of Bruckner's mighty Mass in F minor comes into its own. A new commission from Luke Bedford puts the Royal Albert Hall's great organ in the spotlight, while opening the concert is Schubert's 'Tragic' Symphony, music of high drama seen through the eyes of a composer still in his teens.

(This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 6th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 22 (part 1): Aurora Orchestra20150802

Francesco Piemontesi, the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon live at the BBC Proms, with a programme of Brett Dean, Mozart, Anna Meredith and Beethoven.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Brett Dean: Pastoral Symphony

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 'Coronation'

4.25 pm

INTERVAL

4.45 pm

Anna Meredith: Smatter Hauler (BBC commission) (world premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major 'Pastoral'

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

The Aurora Orchestra staged a Proms first last year when it performed Mozart's Symphony No. 40 from memory. Now the dynamic young ensemble returns to continue this season's sequence of family-friendly matinees, giving Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony the same direct, communicative treatment. It is paired with Australian composer Brett Dean's own homage to nature - a work, he explains, inspired by 'glorious birdsong, the threat that it faces, the loss, and the soulless noise that we're left with when they're all gone'. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi joins the orchestra for Mozart's late 'Coronation' Concerto, and the afternoon also features the premiere of a new commission from British composer Anna Meredith - also performed from memory by a mixed ensemble of Aurora Orchestra players and young musicians aged 15 - 23.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 7th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 24 (part 1): James Macmillan And Mahler20150803

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles live at the BBC Proms in music by James MacMillan and Mahler

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

James MacMillan: Symphony No. 4 (BBC commission) (world premiere)

8.10 pm

INTERVAL

8.30 pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles conductor

Mahler's mighty Symphony No. 5 is the climax of this second Prom from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles. The work's intense, contrasting moods - the bitter solemnity of the funeral march, the violence of the second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto - make this one of the great orchestral showpieces. The evening opens with the world premiere of a dramatic and bell-haunted Fourth Symphony from Scottish composer James MacMillan, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and dedicated to this evening's conductor.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 10th August at 2pm).

8.05 pm

8.25 pm

BBC PROMS01Prom 26 (part 1): British Composers20150805

Chloë Hanslip, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Tadaaki Otaka live at the BBC Proms in an all-British programme including music by Walton, Elgar and Grace Williams

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

Vaughan Williams: Concerto accademico

Grace Williams: Fairest of Stars

7.25 pm

INTERVAL

7.45 pm

Elgar: Overture 'Froissart', Op 19

Walton: Symphony No. 2

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

Elgar's Froissart overture throbs with national pride and swagger, while Walton's Second Symphony sustains an altogether darker, more contemplative mood. British violinist Chloë Hanslip is the soloist in Vaughan Williams's rarely heard Concerto accademico - a work whose lyrical slow movement and dancing finale are anything but 'academic'. The concert also features Welsh composer Grace Williams's ecstatic, neo-Straussian Fairest of Stars for soprano and orchestra, a musical celebration of Milton's poetry.

(This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 11th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 28 (part 1): Dukas, Turnage, Schuller And Scriabin20150806

Live at BBC Proms. Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Works by Dukas, Schuller and Scriabin's thrilling Poem of Ectasy. And violist Lawrence Power plays Turnage.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mark-Anthony Turnage: On Opened Ground

8.15 pm

INTERVAL

8.35 pm

Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Lawrence Power (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Poetry, art and music itself inspire this programme. Scriabin's The Poem of Ecstasy fuses poetry and music in pursuit of sexual bliss and spiritual transcendence. Turnage's viola concerto On Opened Ground pays tribute to the poet Seamus Heaney. Schuller's Seven Studies explore Paul Klee's paintings in sound, while Dukas transforms a ballad by Goethe into a musical tale of magic and mischief.

(This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 13th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 29 (part 1): Stravinsky, Messiaen And Ravel20150807

The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Nicholas Collon, live at the BBC Proms. They are joined by pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mozart: Idomeneo - ballet music

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

7.30 pm

INTERVAL

7.50 pm

Messiaen: Un oiseau des arbres de Vie (Oiseau tui) (orch. Christopher Dingle) (world premiere)

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Ravel: Miroirs - Oiseaux tristes (arr. Colin Matthews) (BBC commission) (world premiere)

Ravel: La valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Mozart's Idomeneo owes its ballet sequence to the influence of French opera, and it launches a programme featuring two Frenchmen who idolised Mozart: Ravel and Messiaen. Ravel's Piano Concerto in G adds a jazzy colouring to its Classical influences, while Oiseaux tristes and La valse contrast the doleful calls of lost forest birds with a dark, swirling portrait of the disintegration of Vienna. The world premiere of a recently rediscovered work by Messiaen - originally intended for the composer's Éclairs sur l'au-delà - brings more birdsong (that of the tui from New Zealand), while Stravinsky's urbane neo-Classical Symphony combines piquancy and elegance.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 14th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 32 (part 1): Eric Whitacre And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20150809

Live at the BBC Proms: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Eric Whitacre with Martin James Bartlett and Leonard Elschenbroich in a programme of Whitacre, Newman, Gershwin and Copland.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Jonathan Newman: Blow It Up, Start Again (European premiere)

Eric Whitacre: The River Cam

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Grofé)

4.20 pm INTERVAL

4.40 pm

Copland: Quiet City

Eric Whitacre: Equus

Eric Whitacre: Deep Field (BBC co-commission) (European premiere)

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Whitacre (conductor)

Eric Whitacre's new work Deep Field is inspired by images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope - and offers the audience a chance to participate in a novel way. In his popular Cloudburst, too, you can help create the sound of rain falling. Plus, American classics by Copland and Gershwin.

This prom will be repeated on Tuesday 18th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 33 (part 1): John Eliot Gardiner And The Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique20150809

The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and conductor John Eliot Gardiner perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor and Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

8.35 pm INTERVAL

8.55 pm

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's second appearance of the season showcases the work of the conductor's other period-instrument ensemble - the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, specialists in 19th and 20th-century repertoire. Gardiner's brisk and brilliant take on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony promises to find fresh energy within a familiar work - a classical curtain-raiser to Berlioz's extravagant Symphonie fantastique, the height of Romantic excess, with its quasi-cinematic storytelling and vivid, ghoulish soundscapes.

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 20th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 34 (part 1): Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20150810

Nicola Benedetti and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, live at the BBC Proms, with music by Britten and Prokofiev and Korngold's Violin Concerto

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

Korngold: Violin Concerto

8.25 pm INTERVAL

8.45 pm

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

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.

(This prom will be repeated on Friday 21st August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 35 (part 1): Story Of Swing20150811

Live at the BBC Proms: Clare Teal, the Guy Barker and Winston Rollins Big Bands with a programme including tributes to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Clare Teal (vocalist / presenter)

Jamie Davis (vocalist)

Elaine Delmar (vocalist)

Guy Barker Big Band

Guy Barker conductor

Winston Rollins Big Band

Winston Rollins conductor

After the success of last year's Battle of the Bands Prom, Clare Teal returns with a line-up of musicians to showcase the very best of the current UK jazz and big band scene. She's joined by Guy Barker and Winston Rollins to tell the story of the birth of swing, including tributes to 'King of Swing' Benny Goodman and the great trombonist and bandleader Tommy Dorsey.

There will be one interval at approximately 8.20 pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 36 (part 1): Pierre Boulez, Ravel And Stravinsky20150812

The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth with Boulez and Stravinsky. Marc-André Hamelin plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Pierre Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes

6.55 pm

INTERVAL

7.15 pm

Ravel (arr. Boulez): Frontispice

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Textures and colours are to the fore in this concert with a French accent. Our triptych of Stravinsky ballets continues with The Firebird - the work that seized the ears of Paris's elite with its urgent rhythms and evocative Russian folk melodies. We celebrate Boulez's 90th-birthday year with his first work for full orchestra, a sophisticated experiment in colours and timbres. Marc-André Hamelin joins the BBC SO for Ravel's jazz-influenced Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, commissioned by the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 24th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 38 (part 1): Messiaen - Turangalila Symphony20150813

The BBC Philharmonic and Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena are joined by Steven Osborne and Valérie Hartmann-Claverie live at the BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Foulds: Three Mantras

8.00 pm INTERVAL

8.20 pm

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martenot)

Steven Osborne (piano)

London Symphony Chorus (women's voices)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Hindu philosophy is the guiding thread through this Prom of music by one of the twentieth century's undisputed masters and one of its neglected mavericks. Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony translates the 'curious, exquisite, unexpected melodic contours' of the Hindu tradition for Western ears. John Foulds's music was heavily influenced by his spiritual fascination with India; his style shifts in his Three Mantras from the rhythmic violence of Stravinsky to inward meditation and the colourful textures of Ravel.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 25th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 39 (part 1): Mozart - The Abduction From The Seraglio20150814

Live at BBC Proms: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and conductor Robin Ticciati perform Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) by Mozart.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)

Belmonte - Edgaras Montvidas, tenor

Konstanze - Sally Matthews, soprano

Blonde - Mari Eriksmoen, soprano

Pedrillo - Brenden Patrick Gunnell, tenor

Osmin - Tobias Kehrer, bass

Pasha Selim - Franck Saurel, actor

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Robin Ticciati, conductor

Energy and good humour meet musical exoticism in Mozart's earliest operatic success - the storybook fantasy The Abduction from the Seraglio. Inspired by the 18th-century vogue for all things Eastern, Die Entführung tells the tale of the young Spanish nobleman Belmonte as he attempts to rescue his fiancée Konstanze from the seraglio (harem) of Pasha Selim, a Turkish despot. Aided by his servant Pedrillo, who wishes to be reunited with Konstanze's maid Blonde, they set out to outwit the fearsome Osmin with their flight, but instead fall to the mercy of the Pasha...

Die Entführung boasts some of Mozart's most spectacularly virtuosic vocal music, particularly for its brave heroine, Konstanze. Glyndebourne Festival Opera returns for its annual visit to the Proms under Music Director Robin Ticciati, with an international cast led by British soprano Sally Matthews and Lithuanian tenor Edgaras Montvidas. This semi-staged production is sung and spoken in German.

There will be two intervals, at approximately 7.45 pm and 9.15 pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 40 (part 1): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 1 And 220150815

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard, live at the BBC Proms, in an all-Sibelius programme.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Sibelius: Finlandia

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op 39

8.20 pm Interval

8.40 pm

Symphony No. 2 in D major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrations for Sibelius's 150th anniversary continue with a complete symphony cycle, launched by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor Designate, Thomas Dausgaard. The First Symphony is prefaced by the nationalistic tone-poem Finlandia, its singing central melody composed with an ear to mass appeal as well as to political protest. The First Symphony is no apprentice work; although drawing on the legacy of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Sibelius created something distinctively and evocatively Nordic. Still more sophisticated is the Second, often heard as a musical shout of grief and rage at Russian oppression.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 27th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 41 (part 1): Sherlock Holmes - A Musical Mind20150816

Mark Gatiss, Christine Rice, Jack Liebeck, Stile Antico, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth in the BBC Sherlock Prom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Katie Derham

Mark Gatiss (actor)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Jack Liebeck (violin)

Matthew Sweet (presenter)

Stile Antico

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Hans Zimmer: Discombobulate; The Mycroft Suite; Zu viele Füchse für euch Hänsel (arr. Robert Ziegler from 'Sherlock Holmes')

Orlande de Lassus: Osculetur me Osculo; Super Flumina Babylonis (4 part)

Patrick Gowers: Baker Street Reunion; Irene Adler (from Granada TV's 'Sherlock Holmes')

Rossini: Una voce poco fa (The Barber of Seville)

Tchaikovsky: Aria: Ah Tanya, Tanya (Eugene Onegin, Act 1)

Patrick Gowers: Holmes in Europe; The Death of Sherlock Holmes (from Granada TV's 'Sherlock Holmes')

INTERVAL

Miklos Rozsa: Main Titles (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)

Paganini: Violin Concerto No.2 - 3rd Movement 'La campanella'

Frank Skinner: Music from 'Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terrror' Wagner: The Ride of the Vakyries

David Arnold and Michael Price: Sherlock Suite (from BBC TV's 'Sherlock')

The Proms salutes a crime-fighting violin virtuoso who wrote a pioneering study of Dutch sacred music, tussled with a contralto from the Warsaw Opera and used Offenbach to outwit a pair of jewel thieves. This Proms matinee celebrates music that conjures up the world of Sherlock Holmes: works by Paganini, Lassus and Wagner which Conan Doyle tells us Holmes loved, and the film and TV scores written for him - from Miklós Rózsa's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to David Arnold and Michael Price's music from the BBC's Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Special guests include Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who explores the repertoire of Holmes's nemesis, the opera singer Irene Adler; and violinist Jack Liebeck representing the super sleuth himself.

BBC PROMS01Prom 42 (part 1): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 And 420150816

Julian Rachlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, live at the BBC Proms, continuing the Sibelius celebrations with his 3rd and 4th Symphonies and Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sarah Mohr Pietsch

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor

8.45pm Interval

9.05pm

Michael Finnissy: Janne (BBC commission: world premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Julian Rachlin (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The Proms Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth - once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as 'an essay in trying to be happy which fails - on purpose'. These are paired with the composer's popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin. Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of today's composers and here premieres a new 'fantasy-portrait' of Sibelius by Michael Finnissy - a composer whose increasingly direct musical voice draws particular connections to politics, society and culture.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 28th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 43 (part 1): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 And 720150817

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, live at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

8.05 pm Interval

8.25 pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

Who better to bring this year's cycle of Sibelius symphonies to a close than fellow countryman Osmo Vänskä, with one exceptional cycle already completed on disc and another currently under way. 'These symphonies of mine are more confessions of faith than are my other works,' wrote Sibelius, but the later symphonies were hard-won confessions in which the composer's creativity struggled with self-doubt and hostile critics. The results, however, are exceptional, from the soaring horn-led 'swan hymn' of the Fifth to the innocent beauty of the Sixth and the single-movement Seventh, with its total symphonic unity and an ending that has been called 'the grandest celebration of C major there ever was'.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 31st August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS01Prom 44 (part 1): West-eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim20150818
BBC PROMS01Prom 44 (part 1): West-eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim20150818

Live at the BBC Proms: Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a Beethoven concerto and highly contrasting symphonies by the young Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op 9

Beethoven: Concerto in C major for violin, cello and piano, Op 56 (Triple Concerto)

8.35 pm Interval

8.55 pm

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Kian Soltani (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor)

There's a second chance to hear this Prom on Tuesday 1 September at 2pm.

Daniel Barenboim returns to the Proms, this time as both conductor and soloist, taking the piano part in Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony startled audiences with its ruthless concision - a reaction against the excesses of the late-Romantics. But excess gets the last word, in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, the musical expression of some of its composer's most troubled and heartfelt emotions.

BBC PROMS01Prom 45 (part 1): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Charles Dutoit20150819

Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Shostakovich and Debussy, and Elizabeth Leonskaja joins them for Mozart's E flat piano concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Debussy (orch. Henri Büsser): Petite Suite

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

8.35pm

INTERVAL -

8.55pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op 141

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

It has been almost 30 years since the celebrated Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja last performed at the Proms. She makes her return alongside the internationally renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, in Mozart's majestic E flat Piano Concerto. Written concurrently with The Marriage of Figaro, the concerto shares much of the opera's grace and its abundance of tunes, as well as some strikingly lovely woodwind textures. Shostakovich's 15th Symphony is an altogether darker affair - intimate and introspective. Musical memories haunt the score as the composer searches for meaning in what he surely knew would be his final symphony.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 3rd September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 46 (part 1): Danish National Symphony Orchestra20150820

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, live at the BBC Proms, in music by Brahms and Nielsen

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Nielsen: Overture 'Helios'

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

8.35pm

INTERVAL

8.55pm

Nielsen: Three Motets

Nielsen: Hymnus amoris

Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments'

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

David Danholt (tenor)

Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

The BBC Proms celebration of Nielsen's 150th anniversary continues, with a performance of the Second Symphony by his compatriots from the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Subtitled 'The Four Temperaments', the symphony is an arc of contrasting moods and textures - the 'Temperaments' of the subtitle are the four 'Humours' of Greco-Roman medicine; the building blocks of emotional and physical well-being: Choleric, Phlegmatic, Melancholic and Sanguine.

Nielsen's choral works are less often performed. Tonight's Prom offers the chance to experience the luminescent beauty of Hymnus amoris, inspired by a Titian painting, and the Three Motets that pay homage to Renaissance polyphony.

And in the concert's first half, Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider performs the ever-popular Brahms Violin Concerto, with its warmly romantic central movement and dizzying, gypsy dance-inspired finale.

This prom will be repeated on Friday 4th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 47 (part 1): Sibelius, Jon Leifs, Anders Hillborg And Beethoven20150821
BBC PROMS01Prom 47 (part 1): Sibelius, Jon Leifs, Anders Hillborg And Beethoven20150821

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, live at the BBC Proms. Sibelius, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, and Jon Leifs's Organ Concerto with soloist Stephen Farr.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Sibelius: Tapiola

Leifs: Organ Concerto

7.45 pm Interval

8.05 pm

Anders Hillborg: Beast Sampler (UK premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major

Stephen Farr (organ)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

There's no denying the potent rhythmic urgency of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Its giddying, propulsive movement finds contrast in the mysterious stillness of Sibelius's Tapiola, inspired by the spirit of Finland's dusky forests, its wood-sprites and magic secrets. Jón Leifs's Organ Concerto harnesses the full power and scope of the Royal Albert Hall's organ in its massive musical gestures, while Anders Hillborg's Beast Sampler promises to strip away all we know of the symphony orchestra, transforming it into a 'sound animal'.

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 6th September at 4pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 49 (part 1): Mahler - Symphony No 620150822

Håkan Hardenberger, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Brett Dean: Dramatis personae

7.05 pm INTERVAL

7.25 pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Two contrasting heroes share the limelight in this evening of musical drama from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor, Andris Nelsons. Brett Dean's trumpet concerto Dramatis personae, composed for tonight's Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger, assigns all roles to the trumpet, casting him by turns as fallen superhero and accidental revolutionary. Mahler's Sixth Symphony sees the composer himself as cursed hero - one, he explained, 'on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled'. The conclusion may be a tragic one but there are also scenes of beauty and joy in a work that includes a glowing theme associated with Mahler's wife Alma.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 7th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 51 (part 1): Boston Symphony Orchestra And Andris Nelsons20150823
BBC PROMS01Prom 51 (part 1): Boston Symphony Orchestra And Andris Nelsons20150823

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, live at the BBC Proms, in music by Haydn, Barber and Shostakovich.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Haydn: Symphony No.90 in C major

Barber: Essay No.2

3.40 pm INTERVAL

4.00 pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Returning for a second appearance this summer, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra bring a piece of America with them in Barber's Essay No. 2 - a symphony in miniature, moving from lyrical loveliness through contrapuntal conflict to end with a radiant chorale. They pair it with Haydn's Symphony No.90, where ebullient mischief and dignity vie for supremacy in sunny C major. Joy gives way to high drama, however, in Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 - a vivid portrait of Stalinist Russia.

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 8th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 52 (part 1): Thierry Escaich20150823
BBC PROMS01Prom 52 (part 1): Thierry Escaich20150823

Bach and beyond - a fascinating musical journey with Thierry Escaich, live at the BBC Proms. Escaich juxtaposes the organ music of JS Bach with responses to it by Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well as demonstrating his own improvisatory skills on the organ of the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, WoO 10

Brahms: Chorale Prelude 'Herzliebster Jesu'

Bach: Chorale Prelude 'In dir ist Freude', BWV 615

8.20 pm Interval

8.40 pm

Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir', BWV 686

Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in A major, Op.65 No.3

Brahms: Chorale Prelude 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen', Op.122 No.1

Bach: Chorale 'Christ ist erstanden', BWV 746 (attrib.)

Thierry Escaich (organ)

Thierry Escaich is the renowned organist of the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont in Paris (where he is a successor to Maurice Duruflé), and an ambassador of the great French School of improvisation.

BBC PROMS01Prom 53 (part 1): Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin, Shostakovich - Orango20150824
BBC PROMS01Prom 53 (part 1): Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin, Shostakovich - Orango20150824

The Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen, live at the BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

8.40 pm INTERVAL

9.00 pm

Shostakovich: Orango - Prologue (orch. G. McBurney)

David Fray (piano)

Natalia Pavlova (Susanna)

Natalia Yakimova (Renée)

Alexander Shagun (Armand Fleury)

Alexander Trofimov (Paul Mâche)

Vladimir Babokin (Foreigner 1)

Oleg Losev (Foreigner 2)

Dmitry Koleushko (Zoologist)

Ivan Novoselov (Orango)

Leo Elhardt (Voice from the Crowd)

Denis Beganski (Master of Ceremonies)

Yuri Yevchuk (Veselchak)

Philharmonia Voices

Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

Irina Brown (stage director)

Shostakovich's Orango - an incomplete opera whose manuscript came to light only in 2004 - is a glossy fusion of wit and political venom. The 'Orango' of the title is half man, half ape - a symbol of the decadent West. It's a work matched for vivid colouring by Bartók's violent and sexually charged ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin. French pianist David Fray returns following his Proms debut in 2011 to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 - written at the height of the composer's fame in Vienna as a performer of his own works.

BBC PROMS01Prom 54 (part 1): Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen And Janacek20150825

BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, live at the BBC Proms. Britten, Janacek, Nielsen's Flute Concerto with Emily Beynon and a world premiere - Raymond Yiu's Symphony.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Raymond Yiu: Symphony (BBC commission: world premiere)

8.25 pm INTERVAL

8.45 pm

Nielsen: Flute Concerto

Janácek: Sinfonietta

Andrew Watts (countertenor)

Emily Beynon (flute)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

Proms regular Edward Gardner continues this year's Nielsen anniversary celebrations with the Flute Concerto - a work that expresses what Nielsen perceived as the instrument's 'Arcadian' quality. This gentle, pastoral quality battles, however, with darker forces, characterfully symbolised by the bass trombone. Both Janácek's Sinfonietta and Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem are also vivid expressions of contrast - in mood, texture and colour. The five movements of the Sinfonietta are all scored for a different - and sometimes unlikely - combination of instruments, while the three episodes in Britten's elegiac Sinfonia da Requiem paint different stages of mourning, from grief to anger and finally an uneasy acceptance. Raymond Yiu's BBC commission is a symphony which features the amazing countertenor voice of Andrew Watts, singing texts by Walt Whitman, Constantine Cavafy,Thom Gunn and John Donne on memories of love and loss.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 10th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 55 (part 1): Swr Symphony Orchestra Baden-baden And Freiburg20150826

Flautist Sophie Cherrier, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg conducted by François-Xavier Roth, live from the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Pierre Boulez: '... explosante-fixe...'

8.05 pm INTERVAL

8.25 pm

Ligeti: Lontano

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Sophie Cherrier (flute)

SWR Experimental Studio

SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

Bartók wasn't the first composer to write a Concerto for Orchestra, but freewheeling virtuosity and rhythmic energy set this one apart. Treating individual instruments as soloists or partners in exhilarating duets-to-the-death, Bartók reinvents the orchestra itself. The whole classical canon seems dissolved in Ligeti's Lontano, in which familiar harmonies and styles are suspended in space and time, and resolution continually hangs just out of reach. Turning classical rules of development on their head, Boulez's '... explosante-fixe...'works backwards, moving from its most complex material to its primary, original source. It's audacious and completely compelling.

This prom will be repeated on Friday 11th September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Prom 56 (part 1): Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra And Andrew Litton20150827

Live at BBC Proms: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Andrew Litton perform music by Ørjan Matre and, Mendelssohn (with violinist Alina Ibragimova), Alissa Firsova and Stravinsky.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Ørjan Matre: preSage (world premiere of this version)

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor

20.15 pm INTERVAL

20.35 pm

Alissa Firsova: Bergen's Bonfire

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

Is there a better-known or better-loved violin concerto than Mendelssohn's? Following her two solo Late Night Proms and Proms Saturday Matinee appearance with Apollo's Fire, violinist Alina Ibragimova returns to perform this inventive and charming work with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra also presents music by the young Norwegian Ørjan Matre and a new work inspired by Norse mythology by Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova. This season's series of three Stravinsky ballets written for the Ballets Russes reaches a tumultuous climax with The Rite of Spring, as ferocious and exhilarating a musical assault now as it was at its notorious Paris premiere over a century ago.

BBC PROMS01Prom 57 (part 1): Chamber Orchestra Of Europe And Bernard Haitink20150828
BBC PROMS01Prom 57 (part 1): Chamber Orchestra Of Europe And Bernard Haitink20150828

Live from the BBC Proms: The Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Bernard Haitink with soloist Maria João Pires in a programme of Mozart and Schubert.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Schubert: Overture in C major 'In the Italian Style', D 591

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

8.15 pm INTERVAL

8.35 pm Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major 'Great', D 944

Maria João Pires (piano)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

Refined but also profoundly expressive, Maria João Pires is one of the great Mozart interpreters of her generation. She returns to the Proms to continue our series of late Mozart piano concertos: Number 23, in A major, boasts quasi-operatic melodies and deft woodwind colouring. It took musicians and audiences a long time to come to terms with Schubert's 'unplayable' Ninth Symphony, but now - like that other great unplayable, Beethoven's Ninth - it has won an unquestioned place in the repertoire.

BBC PROMS01Prom 58 (part 1): Sibelius - Kullervo20150829
BBC PROMS01Prom 58 (part 1): Sibelius - Kullervo20150829

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra live at the BBC Proms in an all-Sibelius programme: the tone poem En Saga and the epic Kullervo, with male voice chorus and soloists.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Penny Gore

Sibelius: En Saga

7.50 pm Interval

8.10 pm

Sibelius: Kullervo

Johanna Rusanen-Kartano (soprano)

Waltteri Torikka (baritone)

Polytech Choir

BBC Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo pairs two of Sibelius's most engagingly descriptive works as we continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of the composer. The folk hero Kullervo was the inspiration behind a powerful national statement for a country struggling to overthrow Russian rule. This massive musical hybrid - part cantata, part symphony, part suite - is a vivid and thrilling work, richly melodic but looking ahead to modernism in some striking musical gestures. En saga is a fairy tale without a plot, whose contrasting movements suggest many possible stories, but never commit to just one.

BBC PROMS01Prom 59 (part 1): Life Story Prom20150830

Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy Holland-Smith, live at the Royal Albert Hall for the Life Story Prom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Sir David Attenborough (presenter)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jeremy Holland-Smith (conductor)

Distinguished naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough presents a concert inspired by his recent BBC Television series, Life Story. The soundtrack, composed by Murray Gold (who has written the music for Doctor Who since 2005), takes centre-stage, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Sir David introduces sequences from the series played on big screens and is joined by members of the production team, who offer insights into the making of this stunning natural history series.

There will be one interval.

BBC PROMS01Prom 60 (part 1): Mahler - Symphony No 120150830

Live at the BBC Proms: San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jeremy Denk play music by Mahler, Schoenberg and American maverick Henry Cowell

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Op. 43b

Cowell: Piano Concerto

8.10 pm INTERVAL

8.30 pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Jeremy Denk (piano)

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

It has been almost a decade since the San Francisco Symphony visited the Proms. The orchestra is joined by its Music Director of more than 20 years, Michael Tilson Thomas, and by American pianist Jeremy Denk in the latter's second concert of the season. Here Denk tackles an American rarity - Henry Cowell's extraordinary Piano Concerto, whose primitive textures require the soloist to pound the piano with fists and forearms. It is paired with Mahler's First Symphony, an ebullient youthful work filled with hints of the mature composer to come, and Schoenberg's imaginative Theme and Variations, heard in the composer's own orchestral arrangement.

BBC PROMS01Prom 61 (part 1): San Francisco Symphony And Michael Tilson Thomas20150831
BBC PROMS01Prom 61 (part 1): San Francisco Symphony And Michael Tilson Thomas20150831

Live at the BBC Proms: the San Francisco Symphony with their Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Yuja Wang play music by Ives and Bartok and Beethoven's Third Symphony

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Ives: Decoration Day (New England Holidays Symphony)

Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2

8.20 pm INTERVAL

8.40 pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Yuja Wang (piano)

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

Chinese virtuoso Yuja Wang is the soloist in Bartók's Second Piano Concerto - a work the composer intended to pose 'fewer difficulties for the orchestra' and to be 'more pleasing in its thematic material' than his First. Beethoven's emotionally charged 'Eroica' Symphony forms the second half - the ground-breaking symphony that would pave the way for the mighty Romantic works of Mahler and Bruckner. The concert opens with Charles Ives's atmospheric Decoration Day, inspired by his father's marching band.

BBC PROMS01Prom 62 (part 1): Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment Performs Brahms20150901

Jamie Barton, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Marin Alsop, live at the BBC Proms, in an all-Brahms programme including the Alto Rhapsody and the First Symphony

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Brahms: Alto Rhapsody

Brahms: Triumphlied

8.25 pm INTERVAL

8.45 pm Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano)

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Marin Alsop (conductor)

Proms favourite Marin Alsop returns prior to her second Last Night appearance for an all-Brahms evening. The Academic Festival Overture is an ebullient work the composer himself described as 'a very boisterous pot-pourri of student songs', and there's also a rare opportunity to hear the epic Triumphlied - celebrating German victories in the Franco-Prussian War in choral settings of striking power and vividness. American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is the soloist in Brahms's glorious Alto Rhapsody, and completing the concert is Brahms's First Symphony - a work nicknamed 'Beethoven's 10th' for its obvious debt to the elder composer.

BBC PROMS01Prom 63 (part 1): Messiaen, Mozart And Bruckner20150902
BBC PROMS01Prom 63 (part 1): Messiaen, Mozart And Bruckner20150902

Peter Oundjian conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Bruckner's 7th Symphony, and Igor Levit joins them for Mozart's Piano concerto No.27 in B flat, live from the Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Messiaen: Hymne

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

8.25pm:

INTERVAL - see separate billing

8.55pm:

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

Igor Levit (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian (conductor)

Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Igor Levit made his Proms debut at a Cadogan Hall chamber music recital in 2012. Now he makes his Proms concerto debut in Mozart's poignantly delicate No. 27, completing this year's series of late great Mozart piano concertos. Delicacy gives way to orchestral weight and heft in Bruckner's popular Seventh Symphony, its beautiful Adagio a tribute to Wagner, and a finale that, according to composer Robert Simpson, 'blends solemnity and humour in festive grandeur'.

BBC PROMS01Prom 64 (part 1): Nielsen, B Tommy Andersson And Mahler20150903

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Thomas Søndergård, live at the BBC Proms, with Mahler's sublime 4th Symphony and a premiere from Composer-in-Association B Tommy Andersson.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Nielsen: Aladdin (excerpts)

B Tommy Andersson: Pan (BBC Commission: world premiere)

7.10 pm INTERVAL

7.30 pm

Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major

David Goode (organ)

Klara Ek (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (Conductor)

Thomas Søndergård and the BBC NOW return for their fourth concert this season, opening with a suite from Nielsen's music for Oehlenschläger's play Aladdin. It's one of the composer's best-loved works, one that avoids musical clichés of the exotic Orient, conjuring scenes altogether more subtle and vivid. A major premiere by the orchestra's Composer-in-Association, B Tommy Andersson, puts organist David Goode in the spotlight and the concert concludes with the sunniest and most intimate of Mahler's symphonies - the concise Fourth, a work filled with birdsong and pastoral landscapes that features a child's-eye view of Heaven in its final movement.

BBC PROMS01Prom 66 (part 1): Beethoven, Schoenberg And Shostakovich20150904

Beethoven, Schoenberg and Shostakovich, with Mitsuko Uchida, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, live at the BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Beethoven: Fidelio - Overture

Schoenberg: Piano Concerto

8.10 pm INTERVAL

8.30 pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor

Mitsuko Uchida (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Mitsuko Uchida makes a welcome return to the Proms for Schoenberg's rarely heard Piano Concerto. It's a work whose 12-tone abstraction is tempered by intriguing autobiographical suggestions - 'Life was so easy', 'Suddenly hatred broke out' - scribbled on the original manuscript. Autobiography is also at the fore in Shostakovich's Eighth Symphony. Composed in 1943, at a particularly dark moment for Russia in the war, the work is a fragile statement of hope that the composer himself summarised as: 'All that is dark and oppressive will disappear; all that is beautiful will triumph.'.

BBC PROMS01Prom 67 (part 1): Bernstein - Stage And Screen20150905

Louise Dearman, Lucy Schaufer, the John Wilson Orchestra and John Wilson, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Louise Dearman (vocalist)

Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano)

Scarlett Strallen (vocalist)

Julian Ovenden (vocalist)

Maida Vale Singers

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

John Wilson and his orchestra are an annual Proms highlight, bringing the glitz and glamour of old-time stage and screen to the Royal Albert Hall. The second of their two performances this year is all about Leonard Bernstein - America's multitalented conductor, pianist and composer. He reinvented the musical with the anger, energy and feral beauty of West Side Story, his updated take on Romeo and Juliet. A starry cast of soloists including Proms favourite Julian Ovenden and the West End's Louise Dearman join the John Wilson Orchestra and Maida Vale Singers for a tribute to the composer that includes Bernstein's biggest hits as well as a selection of rarities.

BBC PROMS01Prom 69 (part 1): Orff - Carmina Burana20150906

Trumpeter Alison Balsom joins the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart live at the BBC Proms, which includes a newly commissioned concerto by Guy Barker.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre

Guy Barker: The Lanterne of Light (BBC commission: world premiere)

8.20 pm INTERVAL

8.40 pm

Orff: Carmina Burana

Charles Mutter (violin)

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

Olena Tokar (soprano)

Thomas Walker (tenor)

Benjamin Appl (baritone)

Southend Boys' Choir

Southend Girls' Choir

BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Choir

Keith Lockhart (conductor)

This year's free Prom is an ideal opportunity to introduce family and friends to classical music. Carmina burana is as musically inventive as it is irreverent - a choral cantata based on a medieval text charting the joys, fickleness and excesses of human life. The BBC Concert Orchestra's Composer-in-Association Guy Barker provides a new concerto for trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom and the orchestra's own Charles Mutter is the soloist in Saint-Saëns's devilish Danse macabre.

BBC PROMS01Prom 70 (part 1): Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov And Rimsky-korsakov20150907

BBC PROMS01Prom 70 (part 1): Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov And Rimsky-korsakov20150907

Live at the BBC Proms: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist Nikolai Lugansky (piano) and conductor, Yuri Temirkanov.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

8.30 pm INTERVAL

8.50 pm

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Just over a decade since their most recent visit, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and its renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Yuri Temirkanov, return to the Proms with a homegrown programme of Russian greats. Pianist Nikolai Lugansky is the soloist in Rachmaninov's most famous work, the Second Piano Concerto, with its lyrical slow movement and brilliant, virtuosic finale. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade dissolves the magic and colour of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights into a glittering musical tapestry that the composer himself described as 'an oriental narrative of fairy-tale wonders'. Tchaikovsky's swirling tone-poem of doomed lovers opens the programme.

BBC PROMS01Prom 71 (part 1): St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra20150908

Live at the BBC Proms: St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with soloist, Julia Fischer (violin) and conductor, Yuri Temirkanov.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh - 3 symphonic pictures

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

8.20 INTERVAL

8.40

Elgar: 'Enigma' Variations

Julia Fischer (violin)

St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

German violinist Julia Fischer joins the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra for its second concert, as soloist in Tchaikovsky's much-loved Violin Concerto - a work in which concert-hall sophistication balances rustic folk-simplicity, overflowing with tunes and climaxing in a dazzling rondo finale. Big tunes - or, at least, one big tune - also dominate Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, his affectionate musical portrait of friends and acquaintances. The concert opens with one of Rimsky-Korsakov's finest scores, the 'three symphonic pictures' adapted from his 1907 opera The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh - a work sometimes nicknamed 'the Russian Parsifal'.

BBC PROMS01Prom 72 (part 1): Nielsen And Ives20150909
BBC PROMS01Prom 72 (part 1): Nielsen And Ives20150909

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, massed choirs and conductor Andrew Litton, live at the BBC Proms. There's Charles Ives' 4th Symphony and Henning Kraggerud plays Nielsen's Violin Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Fiona Talkington

Nielsen: Springtime on Funen

Nielsen: Violin Concerto

8.30 pm INTERVAL

8.50 pm

Webster: In the Sweet By and By

Zeuner: Ye Christian Heralds

Marsh: Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Mason: Nearer, My God, to Thee

Ives: Symphony No. 4

Henning Kraggerud (violin)

Malin Christensson (soprano)

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Neal Davies (bass-baritone)

William Wolfram (piano)

Tiffin Boys' Choir

Tiffin Girls' Choir

BBC Singers

Crouch End Festival Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

Fergus Macleod (sub-conductor)

Ives's thrilling Fourth Symphony demands massive orchestral and choral forces, and it quotes from his own earlier works as well as from traditional American hymns. Completing this year's Nielsen concerto cycle at the BBC Proms is the Violin Concerto - a work that wears its technical demands with great delicacy. Nielsen also provides the concert opener, the folk-inspired choral cantata Springtime on Funen - Funen (Fyn) being the Danish island where the composer was born and grew up.

BBC PROMS01Prom 73 (part 1): Vienna Philharmonic20150910

Live at the BBC Proms: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov in a programme of Brahms and Schmidt.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major

7.40 pm INTERVAL

8.00 pm

Schmidt: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

The first of two consecutive nights with the Vienna Philharmonic under two different conductors. Here, Semyon Bychkov showcases Franz Schmidt's neglected Second Symphony - a work he has passionately championed. A bold piece of Brucknerian ambition, it has more than a hint of Richard Strauss about it. It's paired with Brahms's Third Symphony - the work that saw the composer finding his true musical identity, stepping out from behind his influences to create something lyrical yet strangely unresolved.

BBC PROMS01Prom 75 (part 1): Elgar - The Dream Of Gerontius20150911

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38 (Part 1)

8.10 pm INTERVAL

8.30 pm

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op 38 (Part 2)

Magdalena Kožená (mezzo-soprano)

Toby Spence (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Proms Youth Choir

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the second of two performances by the Vienna Philharmonic, completing a Proms triptych of Elgar's great oratorios, spread across recent seasons, with arguably the greatest of them all: The Dream of Gerontius. This is spiritual inquiry at its most musically intoxicating and ecstatic - a work that reaches after the same mystic transcendence as Wagner's Parsifal. The BBC Proms Youth Choir returns for its fourth festival appearance, joining soloists Toby Spence and Roderick Williams, with Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená as the Angel.

BBC PROMS01Psm 1: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group20150725

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group celebrates the music of Boulez in his 90th birthday year, live at the BBC Proms, conducted by Franck Ollu.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Pierre Boulez: Notations 2, 11 and 10; La treizième (arr. J Schöllhorn) UK premiere

Shiori Usui: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l. (BBC commission - world premiere)

Betsy Jolas: Wanderlied (UK premiere)

Joanna Lee: Hammer of Solitude (BBC commission - world premiere)

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 2

Ulrich Heinen (cello)

Hilary Summers (contralto)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Franck Ollu (conductor)

French conductor Franck Ollu makes his Proms debut, directing the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the first of two concerts celebrating composer Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year. Boulez's own Notations - written while he was still a student - sits alongside his Dérive 2, both works embedded in the 'family tree' of a composer whose works interconnect in ever-evolving ways.

The concert also features Wanderlied for cello and ensemble by Boulez's French-American contemporary Betsy Jolas, as well as music by two young composers new to the Proms: Shiori Usui and Joanna Lee, who writes for contralto Hilary Summers.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 29th July at 2pm.

BBC PROMS01Unlocking The Mysteries Of Music In Your Brain20150718

Before becoming a leading neuroscientist Daniel Levitin worked as a musician and record producer. In "Unlocking the Mysteries of Music in Your Brain", the Proms Lecture given earlier today in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, he explores the new thinking about the crucial relationship between music and our neural responses.

BBC PROMS02John Garner Quartet, Jon Stone Poetry20150803

Music from the John Garner Quartet and poetry by Jon Stone recorded live from the live in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Introduced by Georgia Mann.

BBC PROMS02Prom 01 (part 2): First Night Of The Proms20150717
BBC PROMS02Prom 02 (part 2): Ten Pieces Prom20150718
BBC PROMS02Prom 04 (part 2): Beethoven - Symphony No 920150719

Lucy Crowe, Gerhild Romberger, Dmitry Popov, Kostas Smoriginas with the CBSO and CBSO Chorus conducted by Andris Nelsons live at the BBC Proms in Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus overture

John Woolrich: Falling Down (London premiere)

(Margaret Cookhorn, contrabassoon)

7.50pm Interval

8.10pm

Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo)

Dmytro Popov (tenor)

Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone)

CBSO Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony is a celebration of human endeavour, as is his ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus. Andris Nelsons gives his final concert as Music Director of the CBSO before returning (see Proms 49 and 51) with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of which he became Music Director last season. John Woolrich's dark, sardonic contra-bassoon concerto was written for the CBSO's own contrabassoonist Margaret Cookhorn.

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 20th July at 2pm).

BBC PROMS02Prom 06 (part 2): Poulenc, Stravinsky, Haydn And Mozart20150721
BBC PROMS02Prom 07 (part 2): Delius, Nielsen, Hugh Wood And Ravel20150722
BBC PROMS02Prom 09 (part 2): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150723
BBC PROMS02Prom 10 (part 2): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150724
BBC PROMS02Prom 11 (part 2): Fiddler On The Roof20150725
BBC PROMS02Prom 12 (part 2): Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150726
BBC PROMS02Prom 13 (part 2): Holst - The Planets20150727
BBC PROMS02Prom 14 (part 2): Prokofiev - The Piano Concertos20150728
BBC PROMS02Prom 15 (part 2): Prokofiev, Qigang Chen And Rachmaninov20150729
BBC PROMS02Prom 17 (part 2): Halle - Debussy, Vaughan Williams And Elgar20150730
BBC PROMS02Prom 18 (part 2): Katia And Marielle Labeque20150731
BBC PROMS02Prom 20 (part 2): Schubert, Bedford And Bruckner20150801
BBC PROMS02Prom 22 (part 2): Aurora Orchestra20150802
BBC PROMS02Prom 24 (part 2): James Macmillan And Mahler20150803
BBC PROMS02Prom 26 (part 2): British Composers20150805

BBC PROMS02Prom 28 (part 2): Dukas, Turnage, Schuller And Scriabin20150806
BBC PROMS02Prom 29 (part 2): Stravinsky, Messiaen And Ravel20150807
BBC PROMS02Prom 32 (part 2): Eric Whitacre And The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20150809
BBC PROMS02Prom 33 (part 2): John Eliot Gardiner And The Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique20150809
BBC PROMS02Prom 34 (part 2): Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20150810
BBC PROMS02Prom 35 (part 2): Story Of Swing20150811
BBC PROMS02Prom 36 (part 2): Pierre Boulez, Ravel And Stravinsky20150812
BBC PROMS02Prom 38 (part 2): Messiaen - Turangalila Symphony20150813
BBC PROMS02Prom 39 (part 2): Mozart - The Abduction From The Seraglio20150814

BBC PROMS02Prom 40 (part 2): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 1 And 220150815

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard live at the BBC Proms, in an all-Sibelius programme.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Sibelius: Finlandia

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op 39

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm

Symphony No. 2 in D major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Celebrations for Sibelius's 150th anniversary continue with a complete symphony cycle, launched by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor Designate, Thomas Dausgaard. The First Symphony is prefaced by the nationalistic tone-poem Finlandia, its singing central melody composed with an ear to mass appeal as well as to political protest. The First Symphony is no apprentice work; although drawing on the legacy of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Sibelius created something distinctively and evocatively Nordic. Still more sophisticated is the Second, often heard as a musical shout of grief and rage at Russian oppression.

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 27th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 41 (part 2): Sherlock Holmes - A Musical Mind20150816

Mark Gatiss, Christine Rice, Jack Liebeck, Stile Antico, the BBC Concert Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth live at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Sherlock Prom.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Katie Derham

Mark Gatiss (actor)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Jack Liebeck (violin)

Matthew Sweet (presenter)

Stile Antico

BBC Concert Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Hans Zimmer Discombobulate; The Mycroft Suite; Zu viele Füchse für euch Hänsel

arr. Robert Ziegler (from 'Sherlock Holmes')

Orlande de Lassus Osculetur me Osculo

Super Flumina Babylonis (4 part)

Patrick Gowers Baker Street Reunion; Irene Adler

(from Granada 'Sherlock Holmes' series)

Rossini Una voce poco fa (The Barber of Seville)

Tchaikovsky Aria: Ah Tanya, Tanya - Eugene Onegin (Act 1)

Patrick Gowers Holmes in Europe; The Death of Sherlock Holmes

INTERVAL

Miklos Rozsa Main Titles (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes)

Paganini Violin Concerto No.2 - 3rd Movement 'Campanella'

Frank Skinner Music from Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terrror

Wagner Ride of the Vakyries

David Arnold and Michael Price Sherlock Suite (from BBC TV's Sherlock)

The Proms salutes a crime-fighting violin virtuoso who wrote a pioneering study of Dutch sacred music, tussled with a contralto from the Warsaw Opera and used Offenbach to outwit a pair of jewel thieves. This Proms matinee celebrates music that conjures up the world of Sherlock Holmes: works by Paganini, Lassus and Wagner which Conan Doyle tells us Holmes loved, and the film and TV scores written for him - from Miklós Rózsa's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to David Arnold and Michael Price's music from the BBC's Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Special guests include Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, who explores the repertoire of Holmes's nemesis, the opera singer Irene Adler; and violinist Jack Liebeck representing the super sleuth himself.

BBC PROMS02Prom 42 (part 2): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 And 420150816

Julian Rachlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov live at the BBC Proms continuing the Sibelius celebrations with his 3rd and 4th Symphonies and Violin Concerto

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sarah Mohr Pietsch

Sibelius :Symphony No. 3 in C major

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor

Julian Rachlin (violin)

8.40pm Interval

9.00pm

Michael Finnissy: Janne (BBC commission: world premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The Proms' Sibelius symphony cycle continues with the concise, intricately wrought Third and the darker Fourth - once described by conductor Herbert Blomstedt as 'an essay in trying to be happy which fails - on purpose'. These are paired with the composer's popular Violin Concerto with Lithuanian soloist Julian Rachlin. Conductor Ilan Volkov is a passionate champion of today's composers and here premieres a new 'fantasy-portrait' of Sibelius by Michael Finnissy - a composer whose increasingly direct musical voice draws particular connections to politics, society and culture.

(This Prom will be repeated on Friday 28th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS02Prom 43 (part 2): Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 And 720150817

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, live at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

(This Prom will be repeated on Monday 31st August at 2pm)

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

8pm Interval

8.20pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

Who better to bring this year's cycle of Sibelius symphonies to a close than fellow countryman Osmo Vänskä, with one exceptional cycle already completed on disc and another currently under way. 'These symphonies of mine are more confessions of faith than are my other works,' wrote Sibelius, but the later symphonies were hard-won confessions in which the composer's creativity struggled with self-doubt and hostile critics. The results, however, are exceptional, from the soaring horn-led 'Swan Hymn' of the Fifth to the innocent beauty of the Sixth to the single-movement Seventh, with its total symphonic unity and an ending that has been called 'the grandest celebration of C major there ever was'.

BBC PROMS02Prom 44 (part 2): West-eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim20150818
BBC PROMS02Prom 45 (part 2): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Charles Dutoit20150819

Charles Dutoit conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Shostakovich and Debussy, and Elizabeth Leonskaja joins them for Mozart's E flat piano concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Debussy (orch. Henri Büsser): Petite Suite

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

8.35pm

INTERVAL

8.55pm

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major, Op 141

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

It has been almost 30 years since the celebrated Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja last performed at the Proms. She makes her return alongside the internationally renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, in Mozart's majestic E flat Piano Concerto. Written concurrently with The Marriage of Figaro, the concerto shares much of the opera's grace and its abundance of tunes, as well as some strikingly lovely woodwind textures. Shostakovich's 15th Symphony is an altogether darker affair - intimate and introspective. Musical memories haunt the score as the composer searches for meaning in what he surely knew would be his final symphony.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 3rd September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS02Prom 46 (part 2): Danish National Symphony Orchestra20150820
BBC PROMS02Prom 47 (part 2): Sibelius, Jon Leifs, Anders Hillborg And Beethoven20150821
BBC PROMS02Prom 49 (part 2): Mahler - Symphony No 620150822
BBC PROMS02Prom 51 (part 2): Boston Symphony Orchestra And Andris Nelsons20150823
BBC PROMS02Prom 52 (part 2): Thierry Escaich20150823
BBC PROMS02Prom 53 (part 2): Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin, Shostakovich - Orango20150824
BBC PROMS02Prom 54 (part 2): Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen And Janacek20150825
BBC PROMS02Prom 55 (part 2): Swr Symphony Orchestra Baden-baden And Freiburg20150826
BBC PROMS02Prom 56 (part 2): Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra And Andrew Litton20150827
BBC PROMS02Prom 57 (part 2): Chamber Orchestra Of Europe And Bernard Haitink20150828
BBC PROMS02Prom 58 (part 2): Sibelius - Kullervo20150829
BBC PROMS02Prom 59 (part 2): Life Story Prom20150830
BBC PROMS02Prom 60 (part 2): Mahler - Symphony No 120150830
BBC PROMS02Prom 61 (part 2): San Francisco Symphony And Michael Tilson Thomas20150831
BBC PROMS02Prom 61 (part 2): San Francisco Symphony And Michael Tilson Thomas20150831

BBC PROMS02Prom 62 (part 2): Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment Performs Brahms20150901

BBC PROMS02Prom 63 (part 2): Messiaen, Mozart And Bruckner20150902
BBC PROMS02Prom 64 (part 2): Nielsen, B Tommy Andersson And Mahler20150903
BBC PROMS02Prom 66 (part 2): Beethoven, Schoenberg And Shostakovich20150904
BBC PROMS02Prom 67 (part 2): Bernstein - Stage And Screen20150905
BBC PROMS02Prom 69 (part 2): Orff - Carmina Burana20150906
BBC PROMS02Prom 70 (part 2): Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov And Rimsky-korsakov20150907

BBC PROMS02Prom 71 (part 2): St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra20150908

BBC PROMS02Prom 72 (part 2): Nielsen And Ives20150909
BBC PROMS02Prom 73 (part 2): Vienna Philharmonic20150910

BBC PROMS02Prom 75 (part 2): Elgar - The Dream Of Gerontius20150911

BBC PROMS02Proms Chamber Music 2: Nielsen And Mozart2015072720150802 (R3)

Petroc Trelawny presents this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts live from Cadogan Hall. After many years away from the concert platform pianist, Christian Blackshaw has recently returned and has gained immediate recognition for his interpretaion of Mozart's Piano Sonatas. This lunchtime he is joined by the Royal Northern Sinfonia Winds for Mozart's elegant Quintet for piano and winds, described by the 28-year-old composer as 'the best thing I have written in my life so far', and it's paired with Nielsen's Wind Quintet which was influenced by Mozart's and is a showcase for each of the five wind instruments.

Nielsen: Quintet Wind Quintet, FS100, Op 43

Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Wind in E flat major, K452

Christian Blackshaw (piano)

Royal Northern Sinfonia Winds.

Christian Blackshaw (piano) and Royal Northern Sinfonia winds perform Nielsen and Mozart.

Petroc Trelawny presents this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts live from Cadogan Hall. After many years away from the concert platform pianist, Christian Blackshaw has recently returned and has gained immediate recognition for his interpretation of Mozart's Piano Sonatas. This lunchtime he is joined by the Royal Northern Sinfonia Winds for Mozart's elegant Quintet for piano and winds, described by the 28-year-old composer as 'the best thing I have written in my life so far', and it's paired with Nielsen's Wind Quintet which was influenced by Mozart's and is a showcase for each of the five wind instruments.

(This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 2nd August at 1pm).

BBC PROMS02Psm 2: B'rock20150808

B'rock, mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi and Dmitry Sinkovsky, live at the BBC Proms, with 18th-century Italian music by Vivaldi, Caldara and Geminiani.

Live from the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C major, RV 177

Vivaldi: Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV 169

Caldara: Quel buon pastor son io (from La morte d'Abel)

Geminiani: Concerto grosso in D minor, Op. 5 No. 12, 'La folia'

Vivaldi: Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major, RV 208, 'Grosso Mogul'

Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae irae, RV 626

Mary-Ellen Nesi (mezzo-soprano)

B'Rock - Baroque Orchestra Ghent

Dmitry Sinkovsky (violin/director)

In the first of a pair of Proms Saturday Matinees dedicated to early music, Belgian Baroque ensemble B'Rock makes its Proms debut with a programme of 18th-century Italian music. Orchestral pieces and solo motets by Vivaldi sit alongside music by Caldara - a famous castrato showpiece - and Geminiani, whose variations on the famous 'La folia' theme rival Scarlatti's, Lully's and Corelli's for rhythmic urgency and virtuosity.

(This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 12th August at 2pm).

BBC PROMS03Prom 14 (part 3): Prokofiev - The Piano Concertos20150728
BBC PROMS03Prom 39 (part 3): Mozart - The Abduction From The Seraglio20150814

BBC PROMS03Proms Chamber Music 3: Webern, Colin Matthews And Beethoven20150803

Petroc Trelawny presents this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts live from Cadogan Hall. The Apollon Musagète Quartet - former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and eloquent champions of contemporary music - makes its Proms debut, bringing the European premiere of the Fifth Quartet by one of Britain's leading living composers, Colin Matthews - a work commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival. It is paired with Webern's youthful Langsamer Satz, an ecstatic piece that showcases the composer's formal skill within a lyrical idiom. Of Beethoven's six Op. 18 quartets, No. 3 is the lightest, and the hardest to pin down. The scherzo is fleeting, and even the framing movements have an unusual delicacy and wistfulness about them.

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Colin Matthews: String Quartet No. 5 (European premiere)

Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3

Apollon Musagète Quartet

(This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 9th August at 1pm).

BBC PROMS03Psm 3: Apollo's Fire20150815

Apollo's Fire and Jeannette Sorrell at the BBC Proms, live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Christopher Cook

CPE Bach: Symphony in B minor, Wq 182/5 'Hamburg'

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D major, RV 234 'L'inquietudine'

Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte, TWV55:G10 (excerpts)

JS Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Apollo's Fire

Jeannette Sorrell (harpsichord / director)

Apollo's Fire - otherwise known as the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra - has been a lively force in early music for over 20 years. Now, under director Jeanette Sorrell, this quirky, energetic band makes its BBC Proms debut in the second of this season's early music Proms Saturday Matinees. The ensemble is joined by violinist Alina Ibragimova, soloist in much-loved concertos by Bach and Vivaldi. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, with its brilliant writing for harpsichord and its bittersweet slow movement, and music from Telemann's vividly colourful suite following the adventures of Cervantes's knight-errant Don Quixote, complete the mix.

This Prom will be repeated Wednesday 19th August at 2pm.

BBC PROMS04Proms Chamber Music 4: Abe, Glennie And Sheppard, Wee And Psathas2015081020150816 (R3)

Petroc Trelawny presents Proms Chamber Music live from Cadogan Hall. Dame Evelyn Glennie and Philip Smith perform music for percussion and piano including two world premieres

Keiko Abe: Prism Rhapsody

Evelyn Glennie and Philip Sheppard: Orologeria aureola

Bertram Wee: Dithyrambs (world premiere)

John Psathas: View from Olympus (world premiere of this version)

Dame Evelyn Glennie (percussion)

Philip Smith (piano)

Petroc Trelawny presents this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts live from Cadogan Hall. Returning to the Proms for the first time since 2007, award-winning Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie celebrates her 50th birthday with a musical party. She performs alongside pianist Philip Smith, showcasing not only her expressive virtuosity and versatility in works by John Psathas and Keiko Abe, but also her skill as a composer, in Orologeria aureola, a joint composition for Halo (metallic 'handpan') and tape. The performance also features a world premiere for Aluphone - an instrument invented only in 2011 and introduced at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony by Glennie herself.

(This prom will be repeated on Sunday 16th August at 1pm).

BBC PROMS04Psm 4: London Sinfonietta20150829
BBC PROMS04Psm 4: London Sinfonietta20150829

Michael Cox, Mark van de Wiel, the London Sinfonietta and Thierry Fischer, live at the BBC Proms. Celebrations for Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year reach a climax in this matinee performance, in which contemporary music specialists the London Sinfonietta pair Boulez's own music with that of young British composers Helen Grime and Christian Mason.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Pierre Boulez: Mémoriale ('... explosante-fixe...' Originel)

Helen Grime: A Cold Spring

Pierre Boulez: Domaines

Christian Mason: Open to Infinity: a Grain of Sand (BBC co-commission: UK premiere)

Pierre Boulez: Éclat/Multiples

Michael Cox (flute)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta

Thierry Fischer conductor

Pierre Boulez's Mémoriale puts the flute in the spotlight, showcasing minutiae of texture and articulation, while in Domaines it's a solo clarinet that gives out a sustained soliloquy. The two contrasting parts of Éclat/Multiples (1970) are theoretically part of a larger work, as yet unfinished by the composer. They make for a striking contrast: the brilliant, glittering colours of Éclat set against the nervy perpetual motion of Multiples.

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 2nd September at 2pm.

BBC PROMS05Proms Chamber Music 5: A Sondheim Cabaret2015081720150823 (R3)

Due to technical difficulties with the sound at this concert, the full audio is temporarily unavailable. It will be made available as soon as possible.

Kitty Whately, Siân Phillips, Jamie Parker and Richard Sisson perform a cabaret-style celebration to mark Stephen Sondheim's 85th birthday

Live from the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Good Thing Going (from 'Merrily We Roll Along')

Everybody Says Don't (from 'Anyone Can Whistle')

I'm Calm (from 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum')

Hello Little Girl (from 'Into the Woods')

Send in the Clowns (from 'A Little Night Music')

Fear No More (from 'The Frogs')

Too Many Mornings(from 'Follies')

Barcelona (from 'Company')

Sunday in the Park with George (from 'Sunday in the Park with George')

Liaisons (from 'A Little Night Music')

By the Sea (from 'Sweeney Todd')

Take Me to the World (from 'Evening Primrose')

Rain on the Roof (from 'Follies'')

Happiness (from 'Passion')

Losing My Mind (from 'Follies')

Sunday (from 'Sunday in the Park with George')

Goodbye for Now (from 'Reds')

Kitty Whately, mezzo-soprano

Siân Philips, vocalist

Jamie Parker, vocalist

Richard Sisson, piano

Stephen Sondheim is one of the greats of musical theatre - legendary for the sharp wit of his lyrics and his darkly distinctive scores for musicals including Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and Company. We celebrate his 85th birthday with a musical trawl through the very best of Sondheim's back catalogue. Formerly the piano-playing half of cabaret duo Kit and the Widow, Richard Sisson joins Kitty Whately, Siân Phillips and Jamie Parker to bring a touch of Broadway to Cadogan Hall.

(This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 23rd August at 1pm).

BBC PROMS06Proms Chamber Music 6: Jeremy Denk20150824
BBC PROMS06Proms Chamber Music 6: Jeremy Denk2015082420150830 (R3)

Live from Cadogan Hall, Jeremy Denk performs piano music by Bartok, Scriabin and Beethoven

Jeremy Denk plays piano sonatas by Bartók, Scriabin and Beethoven, live at the BBC Proms.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Bartók: Piano Sonata, Sz.80

Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9, 'Black Mass'

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Jeremy Denk, piano

Jeremy Denk is one of America's foremost pianists - a musician the New York Times hails as someone 'you want to hear no matter what he performs'. He makes his BBC Proms debut in a recital that puts Beethoven's final piano sonata at its core. It's a work that blends extrovert passion with a depth that characterises all of the composer's late works. The programme opens with Bartók's Piano Sonata, a piece strongly coloured by Hungarian folk melodies and rhythmic attack; and we mark the centenary of Scriabin's death with his most famous piano sonata, the 'Black Mass' - a disconcerting, phantasmagorical musical journey.

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 30th August at 1pm.

BBC PROMS07Proms Chamber Music 7: Elisabeth Leonskaja And The Emerson String Quartet20150831
BBC PROMS07Proms Chamber Music 7: Elisabeth Leonskaja And The Emerson String Quartet2015083120150906 (R3)

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano) and the Emerson Quartet play Barber, Debussy and Shostakovich.

BBC PROMS07Proms Chamber Music 7: Elisabeth Leonskaja And The Emerson String Quartet20150831

At the BBC Proms: pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja and the Emerson String Quartet perform a programme of music by Barber, Debussy and Shostakovich.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Barber: String Quartet in B minor, Op 11 (2nd movement; Molto adagio)

Debussy: 'Feux d'artifice' from Préludes Book 2

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

Emerson String Quartet

The eminent Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja returns for her second Prom this season. She joins the members of the Emerson String Quartet as they make their Proms debut in a programme featuring two great chamber works of the 20th century. The concert begins with the original version of the hauntingly beautiful Adagio for strings from Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11, and ends with Shostakovich's Piano Quintet, with its darkly comic Scherzo and meditative, delicately melancholy Intermezzo. In between Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Debussy's 'Feux d'artifice' from the Second Book of Preludes - a display of technical and aural fireworks for solo piano.

BBC PROMS08Proms Chamber Music 8: Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio20150907
BBC PROMS08Proms Chamber Music 8: Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio20150907

The Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, live at the BBC Proms, play piano trios by Arlene Sierra and Brahms.

Live from the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Arlene Sierra: Butterflies Remember a Mountain

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

When not performing as a soloist, violinist Nicola Benedetti appears frequently as a chamber musician

- most often with the trio she co-founded with pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. Here the three musicians pair Brahms's first and stormiest piano trio - its darkness belying the work's major key - with music by American-born composer Arlene Sierra. Inspired by the migration patterns of butterflies, her Butterflies Remember a Mountain is a work of pointillist detail and shimmering harmonies, painted in a sequence of delicate textural gestures.

This prom will be repeated on Sunday 13th September at 1pm.

BBC PROMS08Proms Chamber Music 8: Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio2015090720150913 (R3)

The Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio, live at the BBC Proms, play piano trios by Arlene Sierra and Brahms.

Live from the Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8

Arlene Sierra: Butterflies Remember a Mountain

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

When not performing as a soloist, violinist Nicola Benedetti appears frequently as a chamber musician

- most often with the trio she co-founded with pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. Here the three musicians pair Brahms's first and stormiest piano trio - its darkness belying the work's major key - with music by American-born composer Arlene Sierra. Inspired by the migration patterns of butterflies, her Butterflies Remember a Mountain is a work of pointillist detail and shimmering harmonies, painted in a sequence of delicate textural gestures.

This prom will be repeated on Sunday 13th September at 1pm.