BBC Proms 2014

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Prom 21: The John Wilson Orchestra - Kiss Me, Kate20150101

Cole Porter's award-winning 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra and a cast of leading singers, recorded at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Suzy Klein at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Cole Porter: Kiss Me Kate

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Ben Davis

Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Minola - Alexandra Silber

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Tony Yazbeck

Lois Lane / Bianca - Louise Dearman

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

The appearances of John Wilson and his orchestra have become one of the annual highlights of the Proms. Following the enormous success of the staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate in its original 1948 arrangements. He is joined by a cast of leading singers in this irreverent reworking of The Taming of the Shrew - a play within a play.

Concert originally broadcast 02/08/2014.

Prom 21: The John Wilson Orchestra - Kiss Me, Kate20150101

Cole Porter's award-winning 1948 musical Kiss Me, Kate with the John Wilson Orchestra and a cast of leading singers, recorded at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Suzy Klein at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Cole Porter: Kiss Me Kate

Fred Graham / Petruchio - Ben Davis

Lilli Vanessi / Katherine Minola - Alexandra Silber

Bill Calhoun / Lucentio - Tony Yazbeck

Lois Lane / Bianca - Louise Dearman

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor)

The appearances of John Wilson and his orchestra have become one of the annual highlights of the Proms. Following the enormous success of the staged performance of My Fair Lady in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate in its original 1948 arrangements. He is joined by a cast of leading singers in this irreverent reworking of The Taming of the Shrew - a play within a play.

Concert originally broadcast 02/08/2014.

Prom 41: Aurora Orchestra20141221

The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon from this year's BBC Proms in music by Dobrinka Tabakova and the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld.

Dobrinka Tabakova: Spinning a Yarn

Benedict Mason: Meld (BBC commission: world premiere)

Alexandra Wood (violin) (Proms debut artist)

Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy)

Chantage

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Concert originally broadcast 16/08/2014.

Prom 41: Aurora Orchestra20141221

The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon from this year's BBC Proms in music by Dobrinka Tabakova and the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld.

Dobrinka Tabakova: Spinning a Yarn

Benedict Mason: Meld (BBC commission: world premiere)

Alexandra Wood (violin) (Proms debut artist)

Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy)

Chantage

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Concert originally broadcast 16/08/2014.

Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy And Unsuk Chin20141226

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung at this year's BBC Proms in music by Unsuk Chin alongside two Western symphonic pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky

Presented by Penny Gore at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Debussy: La mer

Unsuk Chin: Šu

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Wu Wei (sheng)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Myung-Whun Chung made his first Proms appearance this summer as Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, which made its own Proms debut as one of a series of global orchestras.

They brought with them the sounds of South Korea in a concerto for sheng (traditional reed mouth organ) and orchestra written by their compatriot Unsuk Chin - a sonic game between soloist and orchestra.

Chin's evocative textures are framed by the sensuous richness of Debussy's La mer, capturing the sea in all its moods, and Tchaikovsky's final symphony, with its elusive but turbulent narrative.

Concert originally broadcast 27/08/2014.

Prom 55: Tchaikovsky, Debussy And Unsuk Chin20141226

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung at this year's BBC Proms in music by Unsuk Chin alongside two Western symphonic pieces by Debussy and Tchaikovsky

Presented by Penny Gore at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Debussy: La mer

Unsuk Chin: Šu

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique'

Wu Wei (sheng)

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

Myung-Whun Chung made his first Proms appearance this summer as Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, which made its own Proms debut as one of a series of global orchestras.

They brought with them the sounds of South Korea in a concerto for sheng (traditional reed mouth organ) and orchestra written by their compatriot Unsuk Chin - a sonic game between soloist and orchestra.

Chin's evocative textures are framed by the sensuous richness of Debussy's La mer, capturing the sea in all its moods, and Tchaikovsky's final symphony, with its elusive but turbulent narrative.

Concert originally broadcast 27/08/2014.

Prom 75: Beethoven - Symphony No 920150104

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra & Alan Gilbert live at the BBC Proms: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Friedrich Cerha: Paraphrase on the Opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125, 'Choral'

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)

Steve Davislim (tenor)

Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass)

Members of the Leipzig Opera Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir

Leipzig Gewandhaus Childrens Choir

London Symphony Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Alan Gilbert (conductor)

A highlight of every season in recent Proms history, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 this year returns to its once-traditional slot on the penultimate night - a symphonic finale before the musical party that is the Last Night.

Giving their second performance this summer, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert are joined by an international cast of soloists for this audacious musical testament of faith and unity across all nations and creeds. When Mahler later said that a symphony should 'embrace the whole universe', it's hard to imagine he wasn't thinking of Beethoven's mighty 'Choral' Symphony.

Concert originally broadcast 12/09/2014.

Prom 75: Beethoven - Symphony No 920150104

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra & Alan Gilbert live at the BBC Proms: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Friedrich Cerha: Paraphrase on the Opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125, 'Choral'

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo-soprano)

Steve Davislim (tenor)

Dmitry Belosselskiy (bass)

Members of the Leipzig Opera Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir

Leipzig Gewandhaus Childrens Choir

London Symphony Chorus

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Alan Gilbert (conductor)

A highlight of every season in recent Proms history, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 this year returns to its once-traditional slot on the penultimate night - a symphonic finale before the musical party that is the Last Night.

Giving their second performance this summer, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Alan Gilbert are joined by an international cast of soloists for this audacious musical testament of faith and unity across all nations and creeds. When Mahler later said that a symphony should 'embrace the whole universe', it's hard to imagine he wasn't thinking of Beethoven's mighty 'Choral' Symphony.

Concert originally broadcast 12/09/2014.

Proms Saturday Matinee 3: A Portrait Of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies20150101

Sian Edwards conducts the London Sinfonietta and soprano Rebecca Bottone in music from a concert celebrating Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 80th birthday, recorded during the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Revelation and Fall

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Mirror of Whitening Light

Rebecca Bottone (soprano)

London Sinfonietta

Sian Edwards (conductor)

Celebrating his 80th birthday year and the subject of one of the 2014 season's Proms Plus Composer Portraits, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the greats of contemporary British music.

The programme, chosen by the composer himself, explores his wide-ranging sound-worlds, from the sleek and glittering chamber textures of A Mirror of Whitening Light (completed in 1977, shortly after his move to Orkney) to the confrontational music drama of Revelation and Fall.

Concert originally broadcast 30/08/2014.

Proms Saturday Matinee 3: A Portrait Of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies20150101

Sian Edwards conducts the London Sinfonietta and soprano Rebecca Bottone in music from a concert celebrating Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 80th birthday, recorded during the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.

Peter Maxwell Davies: Revelation and Fall

Peter Maxwell Davies: A Mirror of Whitening Light

Rebecca Bottone (soprano)

London Sinfonietta

Sian Edwards (conductor)

Celebrating his 80th birthday year and the subject of one of the 2014 season's Proms Plus Composer Portraits, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is one of the greats of contemporary British music.

The programme, chosen by the composer himself, explores his wide-ranging sound-worlds, from the sleek and glittering chamber textures of A Mirror of Whitening Light (completed in 1977, shortly after his move to Orkney) to the confrontational music drama of Revelation and Fall.

Concert originally broadcast 30/08/2014.

Psm 04 - A Portrait Of Harrison Birtwistle20150104

In celebration of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Oliver Knussen perform some of his early works, live at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Verses for Ensembles

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Dinah and Nick's Love Song

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Meridian

Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)

Exaudi

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrated his 80th birthday in 2014. The BBC Proms marked the occasion with a concert from one of the UK's leading new-music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

The group's relationship with Birtwistle's music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer's classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle's music.

Concert originally broadcast 06/09/2014.

Psm 04 - A Portrait Of Harrison Birtwistle20150104

In celebration of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Oliver Knussen perform some of his early works, live at the 2014 BBC Proms.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Verses for Ensembles

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Dinah and Nick's Love Song

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Meridian

Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)

Exaudi

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrated his 80th birthday in 2014. The BBC Proms marked the occasion with a concert from one of the UK's leading new-music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

The group's relationship with Birtwistle's music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer's classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle's music.

Concert originally broadcast 06/09/2014.