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14Kronos Quartet20120724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic Late Night programme which ranges from from Syrian folk-pop via Sofia Gubaidulina's Fourth Quartet to one based on 'Amazing Grace.'

For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reinventing the string quartet, regularly turning it into a multimedia experience. The group's first Proms appearance begins with high-octance Syrian folk-pop and ends with a Kronos commission blending classical strings with ethnic Balkan instruments, shouts, foot-stomping, bells and electronic overdubs.

In between, varied fare from the group's eclectic repertoire plus a BBC commission inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (responsible for the realisation of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme). Listen out, too, for the otherworldly Kronos arrangement of a Scandinavian folk lament.

Omar Souleyman, arr. Jacob Garchik: I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You (La sidounak sayyada) (UK premiere)

Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No. 4

Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 4 'Amazing Grace'

Nicole Lizée: The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Trad., transcr. Ljova, arr. Kronos Quartet: Tusen tankar (A Thousand Thoughts)

Aleksandra Vrebalov:... hold me, neighbour, in this storm...

Kronos Quartet.

Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic range of music.

14Kronos Quartet20120724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic Late Night programme which ranges from from Syrian folk-pop via Sofia Gubaidulina's Fourth Quartet to one based on 'Amazing Grace.'

For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reinventing the string quartet, regularly turning it into a multimedia experience. The group's first Proms appearance begins with high-octance Syrian folk-pop and ends with a Kronos commission blending classical strings with ethnic Balkan instruments, shouts, foot-stomping, bells and electronic overdubs.

In between, varied fare from the group's eclectic repertoire plus a BBC commission inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (responsible for the realisation of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme). Listen out, too, for the otherworldly Kronos arrangement of a Scandinavian folk lament.

Omar Souleyman, arr. Jacob Garchik: I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You (La sidounak sayyada) (UK premiere)

Sofia Gubaidulina: String Quartet No. 4

Ben Johnston: String Quartet No. 4 'Amazing Grace'

Nicole Lizée: The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) (BBC commission: world premiere)

Trad., transcr. Ljova, arr. Kronos Quartet: Tusen tankar (A Thousand Thoughts)

Aleksandra Vrebalov:... hold me, neighbour, in this storm...

Kronos Quartet.

Kronos Quartet makes its Proms debut with a typically eclectic range of music.

44Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen, Cage20120814

London Sinfonietta/Andre de Ridder in Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Six classics of post-war music are featured in this Late Night Prom, reflecting Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics. London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble and Andre de Ridder play Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage

The concert starts with Ligeti's playful Poeme with its 100 ticking metronomes; followed by Berio's iconoclastic Sequenza V for solo trombone; Xenakis's lively Phlegra; Jonathan Harvey's electronic mixture of bell and treble voice, Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Luis Andriessen's Minimalist musical clock, De snelheid; and ending with John Cage's infamous 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of pure silence.

Ligeti: Poème symphonique

Berio Sequenza V

Xenakis: Phlegra

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco

Louis Andriessen: De snelheid

John Cage: 4'33

Byron Fulcher (trombone)

Sound Intermedia (sound projection)

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

André de Ridder (conductor).

44Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen, Cage20120814

London Sinfonietta/Andre de Ridder in Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Six classics of post-war music are featured in this Late Night Prom, reflecting Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics. London Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble and Andre de Ridder play Ligeti, Berio, Xenakis, Harvey, Andriessen and Cage

The concert starts with Ligeti's playful Poeme with its 100 ticking metronomes; followed by Berio's iconoclastic Sequenza V for solo trombone; Xenakis's lively Phlegra; Jonathan Harvey's electronic mixture of bell and treble voice, Mortuos plango, vivos voco; Luis Andriessen's Minimalist musical clock, De snelheid; and ending with John Cage's infamous 4 minutes and thirty-three seconds of pure silence.

Ligeti: Poème symphonique

Berio Sequenza V

Xenakis: Phlegra

Jonathan Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco

Louis Andriessen: De snelheid

John Cage: 4'33

Byron Fulcher (trombone)

Sound Intermedia (sound projection)

London Sinfonietta

London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble

André de Ridder (conductor).

75Vienna Philharmonic20130106

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Martin Handley

In their second Prom, Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic perform symphonies by Haydn and Richard Strauss - two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.

Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written while he was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was initially less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink took it up. In this highly programmatic symphony, Strauss mingles childhood memories of schoolboy mountaineering with a deeper, philosophical exploration of the meaning of humanity's place on earth.

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, 'London'

R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

75Vienna Philharmonic20130106

Another chance to hear one of the highlights of the 2012 Proms season.

Presented by Martin Handley

In their second Prom, Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic perform symphonies by Haydn and Richard Strauss - two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.

Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written while he was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was initially less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink took it up. In this highly programmatic symphony, Strauss mingles childhood memories of schoolboy mountaineering with a deeper, philosophical exploration of the meaning of humanity's place on earth.

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, 'London'

R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

2012John Bridcut20120829

Susan Hitch is joined by the award winning film maker John Bridcut to discuss an anthology of unexpected readings about Elgar, including diaries, letters and reviews, read by the actor Simon Woods.

Film-maker John Bridcut introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Elgar.

2012John Bridcut20120829

Susan Hitch is joined by the award winning film maker John Bridcut to discuss an anthology of unexpected readings about Elgar, including diaries, letters and reviews, read by the actor Simon Woods.

Film-maker John Bridcut introduces an anthology of unexpected readings about Elgar.

2012John Cage Centenary Celebration - Part 120120817

Part of a concert celebrating the centenary of John Cage, with Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

100 years have passed since John Cage was born. This all-encompasing concert, curated by conductor Ilan Volkov, celebrates the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

"Pay attention" and "take delight" when Ilan volkov is joined by a host of players, improvisers and electronic artists. Music of structure, form, inventiveness and surprise is played from every corner of the Royal Albert Hall. A huge orchestra of 101 musicans is onstage for "101". 5 pianos for "Winter Music". John Tilbury plays Cage's exquisitely beautiful "Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra", visual artist and composer Christian Marclay improvises with an orchestra. David Behrmann, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christan Wolff create new art in improvisaion, and the evening finshes with music for Catci. "Music is everywhere - you just have to have the ears to hear it." John Cage.

John Cage: 101

John Cage: Improvisation III

Christian Marclay: Baggage

John Cage: Cartridge Music and Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music

John Tilbury (prepared piano / piano)

Frank Denyer (piano)

Aki Takahashi (piano)

Christian Wolff (piano)

Keith Rowe (guitar/electronics)

David Behrman (electronics)

Takehisa Kosugi (electronics)

Christian Marclay (improvisation)

Adam Bohman (cassette player)

Jonathan Bohman (cassette player)

Vicki Bennett (cassette player)

Dylan Nyoukis (cassette player)

Karen Constance (cassette player)

Christoph Heemann (cassette player)

Steve Beresford (cassette player)

Mariam Rezaie (cassette player)

John Butcher (instrumentalist)

Angharad Davies (instrumentalist)

Rhodri Davies (instrumentalist)

Patrick Farmer (instrumentalist)

Ram Gabay (instrumentalist)

Lina Lapelyte (instrumentalist)

John Lely (instrumentalist)

Anton Lukoszevieze (instrumentalist)

Robyn Schulkowsky (instrumentalist)

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (instrumentalist)

Joan La Barbara vocals)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Exaudi

James Weeks (director of Exaudi)

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

2012John Cage Centenary Celebration - Part 120120817

Part of a concert celebrating the centenary of John Cage, with Ilan Volkov and the BBC SSO

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

100 years have passed since John Cage was born. This all-encompasing concert, curated by conductor Ilan Volkov, celebrates the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

"Pay attention" and "take delight" when Ilan volkov is joined by a host of players, improvisers and electronic artists. Music of structure, form, inventiveness and surprise is played from every corner of the Royal Albert Hall. A huge orchestra of 101 musicans is onstage for "101". 5 pianos for "Winter Music". John Tilbury plays Cage's exquisitely beautiful "Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra", visual artist and composer Christian Marclay improvises with an orchestra. David Behrmann, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christan Wolff create new art in improvisaion, and the evening finshes with music for Catci. "Music is everywhere - you just have to have the ears to hear it." John Cage.

John Cage: 101

John Cage: Improvisation III

Christian Marclay: Baggage

John Cage: Cartridge Music and Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music

John Tilbury (prepared piano / piano)

Frank Denyer (piano)

Aki Takahashi (piano)

Christian Wolff (piano)

Keith Rowe (guitar/electronics)

David Behrman (electronics)

Takehisa Kosugi (electronics)

Christian Marclay (improvisation)

Adam Bohman (cassette player)

Jonathan Bohman (cassette player)

Vicki Bennett (cassette player)

Dylan Nyoukis (cassette player)

Karen Constance (cassette player)

Christoph Heemann (cassette player)

Steve Beresford (cassette player)

Mariam Rezaie (cassette player)

John Butcher (instrumentalist)

Angharad Davies (instrumentalist)

Rhodri Davies (instrumentalist)

Patrick Farmer (instrumentalist)

Ram Gabay (instrumentalist)

Lina Lapelyte (instrumentalist)

John Lely (instrumentalist)

Anton Lukoszevieze (instrumentalist)

Robyn Schulkowsky (instrumentalist)

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (instrumentalist)

Joan La Barbara vocals)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Exaudi

James Weeks (director of Exaudi)

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

2012John Cage Centenary Celebration - Part 220120817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

100 years have passed since John Cage was born. This all-encompasing concert, curated by conductor Ilan Volkov, celebrates the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

"Pay attention" and "take delight" when Ilan volkov is joined by a host of players, improvisers and electronic artists. Music of structure, form, inventiveness and surprise is played from every corner of the Royal Albert Hall. A huge orchestra of 101 musicans is onstage for "101". 5 pianos for "Winter Music". John Tilbury plays Cage's exquisitely beautiful "Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra", visual artist and composer Christian Marclay improvises with an orchestra. David Behrmann, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christan Wolff create new art in improvisaion, and the evening finshes with music for Catci. "Music is everywhere - you just have to have the ears to hear it." John Cage.

John Cage: Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra

John Cage: Four squared

John Cage: But what about the noise of crumpling paper...

John Cage: Experiences II (solo voice)

John Cage: ear for EAR (Antiphonies)

David Berhman, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christian Wolff: Quartet John Cage: Branches

John Tilbury (prepared piano / piano)

Frank Denyer (piano)

Aki Takahashi (piano)

Christian Wolff (piano)

Keith Rowe (guitar/electronics)

David Behrman (electronics)

Takehisa Kosugi (electronics)

Christian Marclay (improvisation)

Adam Bohman (cassette player)

Jonathan Bohman (cassette player)

Vicki Bennett (cassette player)

Dylan Nyoukis (cassette player)

Karen Constance (cassette player)

Christoph Heemann (cassette player)

Steve Beresford (cassette player)

Mariam Rezaie (cassette player)

John Butcher (instrumentalist)

Angharad Davies (instrumentalist)

Rhodri Davies (instrumentalist)

Patrick Farmer (instrumentalist)

Ram Gabay (instrumentalist)

Lina Lapelyte (instrumentalist)

John Lely (instrumentalist)

Anton Lukoszevieze (instrumentalist)

Robyn Schulkowsky (instrumentalist)

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (instrumentalist)

Joan La Barbara vocals)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Exaudi

James Weeks (director of Exaudi)

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Andrew McGregor presents the conclusion of a Prom celebrating the centenary of John Cage.

2012John Cage Centenary Celebration - Part 220120817

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

100 years have passed since John Cage was born. This all-encompasing concert, curated by conductor Ilan Volkov, celebrates the composer's iconoclastic thinking, fertile imagination and arresting humour.

"Pay attention" and "take delight" when Ilan volkov is joined by a host of players, improvisers and electronic artists. Music of structure, form, inventiveness and surprise is played from every corner of the Royal Albert Hall. A huge orchestra of 101 musicans is onstage for "101". 5 pianos for "Winter Music". John Tilbury plays Cage's exquisitely beautiful "Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra", visual artist and composer Christian Marclay improvises with an orchestra. David Behrmann, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christan Wolff create new art in improvisaion, and the evening finshes with music for Catci. "Music is everywhere - you just have to have the ears to hear it." John Cage.

John Cage: Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra

John Cage: Four squared

John Cage: But what about the noise of crumpling paper...

John Cage: Experiences II (solo voice)

John Cage: ear for EAR (Antiphonies)

David Berhman, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe and Christian Wolff: Quartet John Cage: Branches

John Tilbury (prepared piano / piano)

Frank Denyer (piano)

Aki Takahashi (piano)

Christian Wolff (piano)

Keith Rowe (guitar/electronics)

David Behrman (electronics)

Takehisa Kosugi (electronics)

Christian Marclay (improvisation)

Adam Bohman (cassette player)

Jonathan Bohman (cassette player)

Vicki Bennett (cassette player)

Dylan Nyoukis (cassette player)

Karen Constance (cassette player)

Christoph Heemann (cassette player)

Steve Beresford (cassette player)

Mariam Rezaie (cassette player)

John Butcher (instrumentalist)

Angharad Davies (instrumentalist)

Rhodri Davies (instrumentalist)

Patrick Farmer (instrumentalist)

Ram Gabay (instrumentalist)

Lina Lapelyte (instrumentalist)

John Lely (instrumentalist)

Anton Lukoszevieze (instrumentalist)

Robyn Schulkowsky (instrumentalist)

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (instrumentalist)

Joan La Barbara vocals)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Exaudi

James Weeks (director of Exaudi)

Ilan Volkov (conductor).

Andrew McGregor presents the conclusion of a Prom celebrating the centenary of John Cage.

201201AFirst Night Of The Proms - 120120713

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the First Night of the 2012 Proms. In the year of the London Olympics four British conductors pass the baton in an all-English programme.

Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage's punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar's pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as 'cheerful and Londony'. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it's his setting of Walt Whitman's poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird's loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it's music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett's joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar's Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.

Mark: Anthony Turnage: Canon Fever (*)

Elgar: Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' (+)

Delius: Sea Drift ()

8.20pm Discovering Music: Elgar's Coronation Ode (see separate billing)

8.40pm

Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (#)

Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911 version) (*)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

(*) Edward Gardner (conductor)

(+) Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

() Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

(#) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 16th July at 2pm.

201201AFirst Night Of The Proms - 120120713

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the First Night of the 2012 Proms. In the year of the London Olympics four British conductors pass the baton in an all-English programme.

Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage's punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar's pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as 'cheerful and Londony'. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it's his setting of Walt Whitman's poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird's loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, it's music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett's joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar's Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.

Mark: Anthony Turnage: Canon Fever (*)

Elgar: Overture 'Cockaigne (In London Town)' (+)

Delius: Sea Drift ()

8.20pm Discovering Music: Elgar's Coronation Ode (see separate billing)

8.40pm

Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (#)

Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911 version) (*)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Gerald Finley (bass-baritone)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

(*) Edward Gardner (conductor)

(+) Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

() Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

(#) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 16th July at 2pm.

201201BFirst Night Of The Proms - 220120713

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the First Night of the 2012 Proms. In the year of the London Olympics four British conductors pass the baton in an all-English programme.

Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage's punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar's pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as 'cheerful and Londony'. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it's his setting of Walt Whitman's poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird's loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee it's music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett's joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar's Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.

Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (#)

Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911 version) (*)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Gerald Finley (bass baritone)

Bryn Terfel (bass baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

(*) Edward Gardner (conductor)

(+) Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

() Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

(#) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 16th July at 2pm.

201201BFirst Night Of The Proms - 220120713

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with the First Night of the 2012 Proms. In the year of the London Olympics four British conductors pass the baton in an all-English programme.

Expect proceedings to get off to a bang with Mark-Anthony Turnage's punchy brass and percussion fanfare. After that London itself is celebrated with Elgar's pen portrait of the city at the turn of the 20th century and described by the composer as 'cheerful and Londony'. Yorkshireman Frederick Delius was born 150 years ago and will be celebrated throughout the season with some of his major works, tonight it's his setting of Walt Whitman's poem Sea Drift, an exploration of the experience of bereavement through a seabird's loss of his mate. With this year also being Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee it's music with a royal connections that makes up the second half: Michael Tippett's joyous and lyrical Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles and Elgar's Coronation Ode, which brings the concert to a rousing climax.

Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles (#)

Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911 version) (*)

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Gerald Finley (bass baritone)

Bryn Terfel (bass baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

(*) Edward Gardner (conductor)

(+) Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

() Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

(#) Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 16th July at 2pm.

201202AMy Fair Lady - 120120714

My Fair Lady.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady in Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical 'My Fair Lady' performed complete by the John Wilson Orchestra.

Anthony Andrews as Professor Henry Higgins and Annalene Beechey as Eliza Doolittle lead an all-star cast in the John Wilson Orchestra's first ever recreation of a complete musical. As conductor John Wilson says "this really is the perfect light opera, flawless in its construction, book, lyrics, the way the songs weave in and out of, and develop the narrative - it's a joy." Although a Broadway classic it's also the archetypal London show with its roots in George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' and so it fits neatly into the London theme running through this year's Proms. For this semi-staged performance, Wilson has dusted down the orchestrations for the 1964 film version of the work rather than the original stage orchestration, to let the full-bodied sound of an orchestra of 70 to fill the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Anthony Andrews (Professor Henry Higgins)

Annalene Beechey (Eliza Doolittle)

Alun Armstrong (Doolittle)

James Fleet (Colonel Pickering)

Sian Phillips (Mrs Higgins)

Jenny Galloway (Mrs Pearce)

Julian Ovenden (Freddie)

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (Conductor)

Shaun Kerrison (Stage director)

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act I

8.20pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Literary (see separate billing)

8.40pm

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act II

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 17th July at 2pm.

A hundred years after it was written Professor Roy Foster and biographer Michael Holroyd discuss George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion', the play which inspired 'My Fair Lady'. Shaw created the character of Eliza Doolittle for Mrs Patrick Campbell, She played the role in the first British production in 1914 with Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Henry Higgins. 'The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play', wrote Shaw.

Matthew Sweet presents.

201202AMy Fair Lady - 120120714

My Fair Lady.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady in Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical 'My Fair Lady' performed complete by the John Wilson Orchestra.

Anthony Andrews as Professor Henry Higgins and Annalene Beechey as Eliza Doolittle lead an all-star cast in the John Wilson Orchestra's first ever recreation of a complete musical. As conductor John Wilson says "this really is the perfect light opera, flawless in its construction, book, lyrics, the way the songs weave in and out of, and develop the narrative - it's a joy." Although a Broadway classic it's also the archetypal London show with its roots in George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' and so it fits neatly into the London theme running through this year's Proms. For this semi-staged performance, Wilson has dusted down the orchestrations for the 1964 film version of the work rather than the original stage orchestration, to let the full-bodied sound of an orchestra of 70 to fill the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Anthony Andrews (Professor Henry Higgins)

Annalene Beechey (Eliza Doolittle)

Alun Armstrong (Doolittle)

James Fleet (Colonel Pickering)

Sian Phillips (Mrs Higgins)

Jenny Galloway (Mrs Pearce)

Julian Ovenden (Freddie)

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (Conductor)

Shaun Kerrison (Stage director)

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act I

8.20pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Literary (see separate billing)

8.40pm

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act II

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 17th July at 2pm.

A hundred years after it was written Professor Roy Foster and biographer Michael Holroyd discuss George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion', the play which inspired 'My Fair Lady'. Shaw created the character of Eliza Doolittle for Mrs Patrick Campbell, She played the role in the first British production in 1914 with Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Henry Higgins. 'The reformer England needs today is an energetic phonetic enthusiast: that is why I have made such a one the hero of a popular play', wrote Shaw.

Matthew Sweet presents.

201202BMy Fair Lady - 220120714

My Fair Lady

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady in Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical 'My Fair Lady' performed complete by the John Wilson Orchestra.

Anthony Andrews as Professor Henry Higgins and Annalene Beechey as Eliza Doolittle lead an all-star cast in the John Wilson Orchestra's first ever recreation of a complete musical. As conductor John Wilson says "this really is the perfect light opera, flawless in its construction, book, lyrics, the way the songs weave in and out of, and develop the narrative - it's a joy." Although a Broadway classic it's also the archetypal London show with its roots in George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' and so it fits neatly into the London theme running through this year's Proms. For this semi-staged performance Wilson has dusted down the orchestrations for the 1964 film version of the work rather than the original stage orchestration to give the full-bodied sound of an orchestra of 70 to fill the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Anthony Andrews (Professor Henry Higgins)

Annalene Beechey (Eliza Doolittle)

Alun Armstrong (Doolittle)

James Fleet (Colonel Pickering)

Sian Phillips (Mrs Higgins)

Jenny Galloway (Mrs Pearce)

Julian Ovenden (Freddie)

Shaun Kerrison (Stage director)

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (Conductor)

8.40pm

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act II

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 17th July at 2pm.

201202BMy Fair Lady - 220120714

My Fair Lady

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a well-born lady in Lerner and Loewe's classic Broadway musical 'My Fair Lady' performed complete by the John Wilson Orchestra.

Anthony Andrews as Professor Henry Higgins and Annalene Beechey as Eliza Doolittle lead an all-star cast in the John Wilson Orchestra's first ever recreation of a complete musical. As conductor John Wilson says "this really is the perfect light opera, flawless in its construction, book, lyrics, the way the songs weave in and out of, and develop the narrative - it's a joy." Although a Broadway classic it's also the archetypal London show with its roots in George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion' and so it fits neatly into the London theme running through this year's Proms. For this semi-staged performance Wilson has dusted down the orchestrations for the 1964 film version of the work rather than the original stage orchestration to give the full-bodied sound of an orchestra of 70 to fill the Royal Albert Hall in what promises to be one of the highlights of the season.

Anthony Andrews (Professor Henry Higgins)

Annalene Beechey (Eliza Doolittle)

Alun Armstrong (Doolittle)

James Fleet (Colonel Pickering)

Sian Phillips (Mrs Higgins)

Jenny Galloway (Mrs Pearce)

Julian Ovenden (Freddie)

Shaun Kerrison (Stage director)

John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (Conductor)

8.40pm

Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Act II

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 17th July at 2pm.

201203APelleas Et Melisande - Acts 1-320120715

Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

For the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, John Eliot Gardiner conducts the operatic masterpiece, Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy's score is full of atmospheric suggestion and insinuating eroticism, and it follows the story of the mysterious Mélisande, rescued from the forest by Golaud, who marries her then discovers his half-brother Pelléas has also fallen in love with her.

This doomed love is the central focus of the opera, but there is much that is opaque, obtuse, elusive. John Eliot Gardiner says that "to conduct Pelléas et Mélisande is to enter another world." He has recently performed this landmark piece in Paris at the Opera Comique with his period instrument ensemble, and this is the first time it will be heard at the Proms on the instruments of Debussy's time.

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Acts 1-3

8.40pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Live (see separate billing)

9.00pm

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Acts 4-5

Philip Addis (Pelléas)

Karen Vourc'h (Mélisande)

Laurent Naouri (Golaud)

John Tomlinson (Arkel)

Elodie Méchain (Geneviève)

Dima Bawab (Yniold)

Nahuel di Pierro (Doctor/Shepherd)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

201203APelleas Et Melisande - Acts 1-320120715

Debussy's opera Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

For the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, John Eliot Gardiner conducts the operatic masterpiece, Pelléas et Mélisande. Debussy's score is full of atmospheric suggestion and insinuating eroticism, and it follows the story of the mysterious Mélisande, rescued from the forest by Golaud, who marries her then discovers his half-brother Pelléas has also fallen in love with her.

This doomed love is the central focus of the opera, but there is much that is opaque, obtuse, elusive. John Eliot Gardiner says that "to conduct Pelléas et Mélisande is to enter another world." He has recently performed this landmark piece in Paris at the Opera Comique with his period instrument ensemble, and this is the first time it will be heard at the Proms on the instruments of Debussy's time.

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Acts 1-3

8.40pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Live (see separate billing)

9.00pm

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande - Acts 4-5

Philip Addis (Pelléas)

Karen Vourc'h (Mélisande)

Laurent Naouri (Golaud)

John Tomlinson (Arkel)

Elodie Méchain (Geneviève)

Dima Bawab (Yniold)

Nahuel di Pierro (Doctor/Shepherd)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

201203BPelleas Et Melisande - Acts 4-520120715
201203BPelleas Et Melisande - Acts 4-520120715
201204ARespighi, Ravel20120716

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Leading West Coast composer-conductor, John Adams launches this year's celebration of young orchestras and choirs as two major music colleges from either side of the Atlantic share the Royal Albert Hall stage. In a suitably continent-crossing programme Adams conducts them in Respighi's exuberantly cinematic survey of the festivals of Rome, the eternal city, and ends with his own symphonic triptych evoking the mood of 1950s Los Angeles. Ravel's vivacious, blues-tinged concerto elegantly bridges the two worlds.

Respighi: Roman Festivals

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Juilliard Orchestra

Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music

John Adams (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 18th July at 2pm.

201204ARespighi, Ravel20120716

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Leading West Coast composer-conductor, John Adams launches this year's celebration of young orchestras and choirs as two major music colleges from either side of the Atlantic share the Royal Albert Hall stage. In a suitably continent-crossing programme Adams conducts them in Respighi's exuberantly cinematic survey of the festivals of Rome, the eternal city, and ends with his own symphonic triptych evoking the mood of 1950s Los Angeles. Ravel's vivacious, blues-tinged concerto elegantly bridges the two worlds.

Respighi: Roman Festivals

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Juilliard Orchestra

Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music

John Adams (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 18th July at 2pm.

201204BAdams20120716

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Leading West Coast composer-conductor, John Adams launches this year's celebration of young orchestras and choirs as two major music colleges from either side of the Atlantic share the Royal Albert Hall stage. In a suitably continent-crossing programme Adams conducts them in Respighi's exuberantly cinematic survey of the festivals of Rome, the eternal city, and ends with his own symphonic triptych evoking the mood of 1950s Los Angeles. Ravel's vivacious, blues-tinged concerto elegantly bridges the two worlds.

John Adams: City Noir

Imogen Cooper (piano)

Juilliard Orchestra

Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music

John Adams (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 18th July at 2pm.

201205AStrauss20120717

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Nietzsche once said that "life without music would be a mistake". There is no danger of that as the BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of their four Proms this season. Music by Richard Strauss is the focus before the interval with his Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" and glorious "Four Last Songs" sung by Anne Schwanewilms. The literary influence continues with Kaija Saariaho's "Laterna magica" which alludes to film director Ingmar Bergman's autobiography. The programme ends with Sibelius's remarkable, single-movement final symphony.

R Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

R Strauss: Four Last Songs

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 19 July at 2pm.

201205AStrauss20120717

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Nietzsche once said that "life without music would be a mistake". There is no danger of that as the BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of their four Proms this season. Music by Richard Strauss is the focus before the interval with his Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" and glorious "Four Last Songs" sung by Anne Schwanewilms. The literary influence continues with Kaija Saariaho's "Laterna magica" which alludes to film director Ingmar Bergman's autobiography. The programme ends with Sibelius's remarkable, single-movement final symphony.

R Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

R Strauss: Four Last Songs

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 19 July at 2pm.

201205BSaariaho, Sibelius20120717

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Nietzsche once said that "life without music would be a mistake". There is no danger of that as the BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of their four Proms this season. Music by Richard Strauss is the focus before the interval with his Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" and glorious "Four Last Songs" sung by Anne Schwanewilms. The literary influence continues with Kaija Saariaho's "Laterna magica" which alludes to film director Ingmar Bergman's autobiography. The programme ends with Sibelius's remarkable, single-movement final symphony.

Kaija Saariaho: Laterna magica (UK premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony no.7 in C major

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 19 July at 2pm.

201205BSaariaho, Sibelius20120717

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Nietzsche once said that "life without music would be a mistake". There is no danger of that as the BBC Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena take to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first of their four Proms this season. Music by Richard Strauss is the focus before the interval with his Nietzsche-inspired symphonic poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" and glorious "Four Last Songs" sung by Anne Schwanewilms. The literary influence continues with Kaija Saariaho's "Laterna magica" which alludes to film director Ingmar Bergman's autobiography. The programme ends with Sibelius's remarkable, single-movement final symphony.

Kaija Saariaho: Laterna magica (UK premiere)

Sibelius: Symphony no.7 in C major

Anne Schwanewilms (soprano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 19 July at 2pm.

201206AFung Lam, Rachmaninov20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Tonight's Prom opens with a new work which composer Fung Lam describes as "elegant, understated and highly lyrical". An intensely romantic lyricism also characterises Rachmaninov's popular concerto, while Prokofiev takes up a darker theme in his dramatic 6th Symphony, which looks back to the Second World War.

Fung Lam's "Endless Forms" is inspired by the last sentence of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", and "celebrates an insight into the diversity of life", explains the composer. "The title also relates to Buddhism's view of life as endless cycles of forms: birth, death, rebirth. The subject of spiritual enlightenment is a recurring theme in my output." Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is the triumphant work that crowned his recovery from a period of crippling depression in 1901. Prokofiev's bleak and powerful 6th Symphony is perhaps the most personal and poignant of his symphonies, completed in the exhausted aftermath of the Second World War and with mounting pressures on the Soviet Front.

Fung Lam: Endless Forms (BBC commission: world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

7.55pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Literary (see separate billing)

8:15pm

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 20th July at 2pm.

201206AFung Lam, Rachmaninov20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Tonight's Prom opens with a new work which composer Fung Lam describes as "elegant, understated and highly lyrical". An intensely romantic lyricism also characterises Rachmaninov's popular concerto, while Prokofiev takes up a darker theme in his dramatic 6th Symphony, which looks back to the Second World War.

Fung Lam's "Endless Forms" is inspired by the last sentence of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", and "celebrates an insight into the diversity of life", explains the composer. "The title also relates to Buddhism's view of life as endless cycles of forms: birth, death, rebirth. The subject of spiritual enlightenment is a recurring theme in my output." Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is the triumphant work that crowned his recovery from a period of crippling depression in 1901. Prokofiev's bleak and powerful 6th Symphony is perhaps the most personal and poignant of his symphonies, completed in the exhausted aftermath of the Second World War and with mounting pressures on the Soviet Front.

Fung Lam: Endless Forms (BBC commission: world premiere)

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor

7.55pm Twenty Minutes: Proms Plus Literary (see separate billing)

8:15pm

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 20th July at 2pm.

201206BProkofiev20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Tonight's Prom opens with a new work which composer Fung Lam describes as "elegant, understated and highly lyrical". An intensely romantic lyricism also characterises Rachmaninov's popular concerto, while Prokofiev takes up a darker theme in his dramatic 6th Symphony, which looks back to the Second World War.

Fung Lam's "Endless Forms" is inspired by the last sentence of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", and "celebrates an insight into the diversity of life", explains the composer. "The title also relates to Buddhism's view of life as endless cycles of forms: birth, death, rebirth. The subject of spiritual enlightenment is a recurring theme in my output." Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is the triumphant work that crowned his recovery from a period of crippling depression in 1901. Prokofiev's bleak and powerful 6th Symphony is perhaps the most personal and poignant of his symphonies, completed in the exhausted aftermath of the Second World War and with mounting pressures on the Soviet Front.

8:15pm

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 20th July at 2pm.

201206BProkofiev20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Tonight's Prom opens with a new work which composer Fung Lam describes as "elegant, understated and highly lyrical". An intensely romantic lyricism also characterises Rachmaninov's popular concerto, while Prokofiev takes up a darker theme in his dramatic 6th Symphony, which looks back to the Second World War.

Fung Lam's "Endless Forms" is inspired by the last sentence of Darwin's "The Origin of Species", and "celebrates an insight into the diversity of life", explains the composer. "The title also relates to Buddhism's view of life as endless cycles of forms: birth, death, rebirth. The subject of spiritual enlightenment is a recurring theme in my output." Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto is the triumphant work that crowned his recovery from a period of crippling depression in 1901. Prokofiev's bleak and powerful 6th Symphony is perhaps the most personal and poignant of his symphonies, completed in the exhausted aftermath of the Second World War and with mounting pressures on the Soviet Front.

8:15pm

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 20th July at 2pm.

201207Le Concert Spirituel20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

In this Jubilee year, Handel's music for royal occasions is brought to the Proms by a leading French period instrument ensemble.

Both the Water Music suites and the Music for the Royal Fireworks were originally performed outside, in Green Park and on the river Thames, with a large group of players required. Here, Le Concert Spirituel is expanded to an ensemble of 80 musicians, to recreate the resplendent atmosphere of these festive occasions.

Handel: Water music - suite in F major

Handel: Water music - suite in D major

Handel: Water music - suite in G major

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Le Concert Spirituel

Hervé Niquet (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Wednesday 25th July at 2pm.

201207Le Concert Spirituel20120718

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

In this Jubilee year, Handel's music for royal occasions is brought to the Proms by a leading French period instrument ensemble.

Both the Water Music suites and the Music for the Royal Fireworks were originally performed outside, in Green Park and on the river Thames, with a large group of players required. Here, Le Concert Spirituel is expanded to an ensemble of 80 musicians, to recreate the resplendent atmosphere of these festive occasions.

Handel: Water music - suite in F major

Handel: Water music - suite in D major

Handel: Water music - suite in G major

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Le Concert Spirituel

Hervé Niquet (conductor)

This concert will be repeated on Wednesday 25th July at 2pm.

201208AJudas Maccabaeus - Part 120120719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Handel's dramatic oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, tells of the struggle for liberty and peace in Second Century Judea. It was a great success at its first performance in 1747 - proving even more popular than the Messiah. Handel's triumphant score includes the famous Chorus "See, the conqu'ring hero comes!" and is celebratory and direct in its impact. In tonight's performance, distinguished Handelian Laurence Cummings directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment alongside the Choir of the Enlightenment and a starry line-up of esteemed soloists.

In his libretto for the oratorio, the Revd Thomas Morrell made use of the first book of Maccabaeus, in the Apocrypha, as his main source, with the backdrop of the Jewish resistance to the Syrian conquest of Judea in 169 BC. Following the death of Mattathias, his son Judas is proclaimed the new leader of the Israelites by his brother Simon. In Act I, Judas promises to fight for and restore his people's liberty, and is acclaimed for heroic defeats of two invading forces at the beginning of Act II. Following further triumph in defeating the Egyptian army outside Jerusalem in Act III, the independence of Judea is recognised and the promised liberty and peace is secured. However, there is indirect contemporary relevance in the sentiment of the oratorio's libretto, as Morell drew a clear parallel between Judas and the Duke of Cumberland who was seen as a heroic figurehead for the English Protestants following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Part I

8.25pm Twenty Minutes: No Conquering Hero (see separate billing)

8.45pm

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Parts II & III

John Mark Ainsley (Judas Maccabaeus)

Christopher Purves (Simon/Eupolemus)

Rosemary Joshua (Israelitish Woman)

Christine Rice (Israelitish Man)

Tim Mead (Israelitish messenger/priest)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Laurence Cummings (director)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 23rd July at 2pm.

201208AJudas Maccabaeus - Part 120120719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Handel's dramatic oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, tells of the struggle for liberty and peace in Second Century Judea. It was a great success at its first performance in 1747 - proving even more popular than the Messiah. Handel's triumphant score includes the famous Chorus "See, the conqu'ring hero comes!" and is celebratory and direct in its impact. In tonight's performance, distinguished Handelian Laurence Cummings directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment alongside the Choir of the Enlightenment and a starry line-up of esteemed soloists.

In his libretto for the oratorio, the Revd Thomas Morrell made use of the first book of Maccabaeus, in the Apocrypha, as his main source, with the backdrop of the Jewish resistance to the Syrian conquest of Judea in 169 BC. Following the death of Mattathias, his son Judas is proclaimed the new leader of the Israelites by his brother Simon. In Act I, Judas promises to fight for and restore his people's liberty, and is acclaimed for heroic defeats of two invading forces at the beginning of Act II. Following further triumph in defeating the Egyptian army outside Jerusalem in Act III, the independence of Judea is recognised and the promised liberty and peace is secured. However, there is indirect contemporary relevance in the sentiment of the oratorio's libretto, as Morell drew a clear parallel between Judas and the Duke of Cumberland who was seen as a heroic figurehead for the English Protestants following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Part I

8.25pm Twenty Minutes: No Conquering Hero (see separate billing)

8.45pm

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Parts II & III

John Mark Ainsley (Judas Maccabaeus)

Christopher Purves (Simon/Eupolemus)

Rosemary Joshua (Israelitish Woman)

Christine Rice (Israelitish Man)

Tim Mead (Israelitish messenger/priest)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Laurence Cummings (director)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 23rd July at 2pm.

201208BJudas Maccabaeus - Parts 2 And 320120719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Handel's dramatic oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, tells of the struggle for liberty and peace in Second Century Judea. It was a great success at its first performance in 1747 - proving even more popular than the Messiah. Handel's triumphant score includes the famous Chorus "See, the conqu'ring hero comes!" and is celebratory and direct in its impact. In tonight's performance, distinguished Handelian Laurence Cummings directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment alongside the Choir of the Enlightenment and a starry line-up of esteemed soloists.

In his libretto for the oratorio, the Revd Thomas Morrell made use of the first book of Maccabaeus, in the Apocrypha, as his main source, with the backdrop of the Jewish resistance to the Syrian conquest of Judea in 169 BC. Following the death of Mattathias, his son Judas is proclaimed the new leader of the Israelites by his brother Simon. In Act I, Judas promises to fight for and restore his people's liberty, and is acclaimed for heroic defeats of two invading forces at the beginning of Act II. Following further triumph in defeating the Egyptian army outside Jerusalem in Act III, the independence of Judea is recognised and the promised liberty and peace is secured. However, there is indirect contemporary relevance in the sentiment of the oratorio's libretto, as Morell drew a clear parallel between Judas and the Duke of Cumberland who was seen as a heroic figurehead for the English Protestants following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Part II

John Mark Ainsley (Judas Maccabaeus)

Christopher Purves (Simon/Eupolemus)

Rosemary Joshua (Israelitish Woman)

Christine Rice (Israelitish Man)

Tim Mead (Israelitish messenger/priest)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Laurence Cummings (director)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 23rd July at 2pm.

201208BJudas Maccabaeus - Parts 2 And 320120719

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Handel's dramatic oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus, tells of the struggle for liberty and peace in Second Century Judea. It was a great success at its first performance in 1747 - proving even more popular than the Messiah. Handel's triumphant score includes the famous Chorus "See, the conqu'ring hero comes!" and is celebratory and direct in its impact. In tonight's performance, distinguished Handelian Laurence Cummings directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment alongside the Choir of the Enlightenment and a starry line-up of esteemed soloists.

In his libretto for the oratorio, the Revd Thomas Morrell made use of the first book of Maccabaeus, in the Apocrypha, as his main source, with the backdrop of the Jewish resistance to the Syrian conquest of Judea in 169 BC. Following the death of Mattathias, his son Judas is proclaimed the new leader of the Israelites by his brother Simon. In Act I, Judas promises to fight for and restore his people's liberty, and is acclaimed for heroic defeats of two invading forces at the beginning of Act II. Following further triumph in defeating the Egyptian army outside Jerusalem in Act III, the independence of Judea is recognised and the promised liberty and peace is secured. However, there is indirect contemporary relevance in the sentiment of the oratorio's libretto, as Morell drew a clear parallel between Judas and the Duke of Cumberland who was seen as a heroic figurehead for the English Protestants following the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (1750 version) - Part II

John Mark Ainsley (Judas Maccabaeus)

Christopher Purves (Simon/Eupolemus)

Rosemary Joshua (Israelitish Woman)

Christine Rice (Israelitish Man)

Tim Mead (Israelitish messenger/priest)

Choir of the Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Laurence Cummings (director)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 23rd July at 2pm.

201209ABeethoven, Boulez20120720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the opening concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Each of the five concerts also offers the opportunity to hear the music of Pierre Boulez - like Beethoven, one of the great musical revolutionaries.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Boulez: Dérive 2

8.50pm Interval: Proms Plus (see separate billing)

9.10pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 24th July at 2pm.

201209ABeethoven, Boulez20120720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the opening concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Each of the five concerts also offers the opportunity to hear the music of Pierre Boulez - like Beethoven, one of the great musical revolutionaries.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major

Boulez: Dérive 2

8.50pm Interval: Proms Plus (see separate billing)

9.10pm

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 24th July at 2pm.

201209BBeethoven20120720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the opening concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Each of the five concerts also offers the opportunity to hear the music of Pierre Boulez - like Beethoven, one of the great musical revolutionaries.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 24th July at 2pm.

201209BBeethoven20120720

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the opening concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Each of the five concerts also offers the opportunity to hear the music of Pierre Boulez - like Beethoven, one of the great musical revolutionaries.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 24th July at 2pm.

201210ABeethoven, Boulez20120721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the second concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Tonight, the Third and Fourth symphonies, alongside Pierre Boulez's playful work of 1984.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

Pierre Boulez: Dialogue de I'ombre double

8.35pm Twenty Minutes: Goethe and the West-Eastern Divan (see separate billing)

8.55pm

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

Jussef Eisa (clarinet)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 26th July at 2pm.

201210ABeethoven, Boulez20120721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the second concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Tonight, the Third and Fourth symphonies, alongside Pierre Boulez's playful work of 1984.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

Pierre Boulez: Dialogue de I'ombre double

8.35pm Twenty Minutes: Goethe and the West-Eastern Divan (see separate billing)

8.55pm

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

Jussef Eisa (clarinet)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 26th July at 2pm.

201210BBeethoven20120721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the second concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Tonight, the Third and Fourth symphonies, alongside Pierre Boulez's playful work of 1984.

8.55pm

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

Jussef Eisa (clarinet)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 26th July at 2pm.

201210BBeethoven20120721

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the second concert of their five-part Beethoven symphony cycle, one of the highlights of this year's Proms season. Founded in 1999 with the aim of bringing together Arab and Israeli players, WEDO has gone far beyond the symbolic in its goal of building bridges through music, to become one of the world's most dynamic orchestras. Tonight, the Third and Fourth symphonies, alongside Pierre Boulez's playful work of 1984.

8.55pm

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

Jussef Eisa (clarinet)

IRCAM (live electronics)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 26th July at 2pm.

201211AThe Trojans - Acts 1 And 220120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 1 and 2

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

201211AThe Trojans - Acts 1 And 220120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 1 and 2

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

201211BThe Trojans - Acts 3 And 420120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 3 and 4

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

201211BThe Trojans - Acts 3 And 420120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

Berlioz: The Trojans - Acts 3 and 4

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

201211CThe Trojans - Act 520120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

8.45pm

Berlioz: The Trojans - Act 5

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

201211CThe Trojans - Act 520120722

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

From the Royal Opera's acclaimed new production directed by David McVicar, Antonio Pappano conducts a concert performance of Berlioz's The Trojans, with Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandra and Eva Maria Westbroek as Dido. The Trojans is Berliozs' most ambitious work, one that he himself considered greater than anything he had done previously. Based on Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, The Trojans tells the story of the destruction of Troy, and of the Trojan warrior Aeneas's quest to found a new dynasty in Italy. On the way he meets Dido, Queen of Carthage, and falls in love. In the ultimate battle between duty and love, which will prove stronger?

8.45pm

Berlioz: The Trojans - Act 5

Aeneas - Bryan Hymel (tenor)

Coroebus - Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)

Panthus - Ashley Holland (baritone)

Narbal - Brindley Sherratt (bass)

Iopas - Ji-Min Park (tenor)

Ascanius - Barbara Senator (mezzo-soprano)

Cassandra - Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)

Dido - Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)

Anna - Hanna Hipp (mezzo-soprano)

Hylas - Ed Lyon (tenor)

Priam - Robert Lloyd (bass)

Greek Chieftain - Lukas Jakobski (bass)

Ghost of Hector - Jihoon Kim (bass)

Helenus - Ji Hyun Kim (tenor)

Hecuba - Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Opera Chorus

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Antonio Pappano (conductor).