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    Performance On 320100101From the BBC Proms 2009 season, Petroc Trelawny presents Daniel Barenboim conducting a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio - the composer's only opera, which is an impassioned defence of freedom and justice.
    With a star-studded cast, the work is sung in German but with an English narration devised by the scholar and historian Edward Said. The opera's themes are given a particular poignancy by the participation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - the ground-breaking group founded ten years ago by Barenboim and Said which brings together young Israeli and Arab musicians and continues to serve as a beacon of trust, understanding and dialogue between nations in conflict.
    Beethoven: Fidelio (concert performance; sung in German, with English narration by Edward Said)
    Leonore/narrator....Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano)
    Florestan....Simon O'Neill (tenor)
    Don Pizarro....Gerd Grochowski (bass-baritone)
    Rocco....Sir John Tomlinson (bass)
    Marzelline....Adriana Kucerova (soprano)
    Jacquino....Stephen Rugamer (tenor)
    Don Fernando....Viktor Rud (baritone)
    BBC Singers
    Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Daniel Barenboim (conductor).
    Performance On 320100104Presented by Ian Skelly.
    A concert from the 2009 Proms season, featuring a performance by David Zinman and his Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich of an overture Schubert published as part of his incidental music to Helmina von Chezy's play Rosamunde. American soprano Dawn Upshaw sings in the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's recent work: an intense exploration of loss and consolation, in which the Argentinian-born composer seeks to find a contemporary resonance within four iconic Schubert songs. Upshaw also featurines in the concluding piece, Mahler's Fourth Symphony.
    Dawn Upshaw (soprano)
    Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
    David Zinman (conductor)
    Schubert: Overture (Rosamunde)
    Schubert/Golijov: She Was Here
    Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G
    Followed by music from Proms Plus: the Aurora Orchestra plays commissioned pieces by winners of the 2008 Proms Inspire Young Composers competition.
    Tom Rose:…by the thread of his one breath…
    Men Gei Li: In Part
    Tom Curran: Travelled Land
    En Liang Khong: As on a Darkling Plain
    Alex Nikiporenko: The Portrait
    Aurora Orchestra
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring - two dances from Part 1 (Ritual of Abduction; Spring Rounds)
    Rex Lawson (pianola)
    IMP Masters MCD25 TR16 and 17
    Performance On 320100105Presented by Ian Skelly.
    A concert from the 2009 Proms season in which Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Sibelius and Ravel, as well as some of Duparc's finest songs, featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.
    Both Sibelius and Duparc stopped composing decades before their deaths. The seven symphonies Sibelius left, however, securely place him among the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. Duparc left little more than a handful of songs, yet each is a gem of textual subtlety and melodic inspiration; lustrous-toned Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena sings her own selection.
    Ravel's pastoral ballet Daphnis et Chloe - commissioned by Diaghilev in 1909, the year he met Stravinsky - was based on an ancient erotic novel; the Second Suite begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.
    Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano)
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons (conductor)
    Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor
    Duparc: L'invitation au voyage; Extase (orch Pierre de Breville); Le manoir de Rosemonde; Chanson triste; Phidyle
    Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No 2
    Followed by music from Proms Plus: Rex Lawson performs Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor on the pianola.
    Performance On 320100106Presented by Ian Skelly.
    In a concert given at the 2009 Proms, Mariss Jansons and his Dutch orchestra perform Haydn's Military Symphony, composed on a visit to London in 1794-5, at a time when England and Holland were allied with Austria against Republican France. According to an early review, the slow movement - graphically portraying 'the hellish roar of war increase to a climax of horrid sublimity' - was greeted with repeated cries of 'Encore! in which the Ladies themselves could not forbear to join'.
    Shostakovich's Tenth - one of the composer's most popular symphonies, and a favourite of Jansons and the orchestra - intertwines the composer's personal motto theme with that of a student with whom he was infatuated.
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Mariss Jansons (conductor)
    Haydn: Symphony No 100 in G (Military)
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor
    Followed by music from Proms Plus: Daniel Barenboim introduces and conducts a performance by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
    Boulez: Notations
    Karim Said (piano)
    Boulez: Anthemes
    Michael Barenboim (violin)
    Boulez: Messagesquisse
    Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
    Daniel Barenboim (conductor)
    Performance On 320100107Presented by Ian Skelly.
    In a concert from the 2009 Proms season, Franz Welser-Most conducts the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic in one of the first set of Haydn's 12 London Symphonies. No 98 was written and premiered during the composer's first visit to England in 1791-2. It is followed by Schubert's Symphony in C (Great) which was only ever given a rough run-through in Vienna during the composer's all-too-short lifetime.
    Vienna Philharmonic
    Franz Welser-Most (conductor)
    Haydn: Symphony No 98 in C
    Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C (Great)
    Followed by music from Proms Plus featuring ensemble Piano Circus and members of the NYO performing young composers's work.
    Miguel del Aguila: Conga Line In Hell
    Graham Fitkin: Totti
    Piano Circus
    Laurie Tompkins: Bloodjet
    Liam Patterson: Voce
    Joseph Bates: Festival
    Aaron Parker: Between the Cathedral and the Piazza
    Members of the NYO
    Jerry Cornelius (conductor)
    Trad. Ghanaian Drumming
    NYO Drummers led by Richard Benjafield
    Performance On 320100108Presented by Ian Skelly.
    In a concert from the Proms 2009 season, the Vienna Philharmonic under its distinguished long-term associate and honorary member Zubin Mehta reinvigorate Strauss's quintessentially quixotic set of 'fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character'.
    Brahms's final symphony also ends in a vast set of variations, his gloriously late-Romantic take on a Baroque-style passacaglia, using a theme borrowed from a Bach cantata.
    The concert begins with another Passacaglia - Webern's own late-Romantic influenced student work.
    Christian Frohn (viola)
    Tamas Varga (cello)
    Vienna Philharmonic
    Zubin Mehta (conductor)
    Webern: Passacaglia, Op 1
    Strauss: Don Quixote
    Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor
    Hellmesberger: Lightfooted
    Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op 214
    Followed by more music from the Proms Plus concerts.
    John McCabe: Landscape (excerpt)
    Joshua Burke (violin)
    Anne Chauveau (cello)
    Luis Pares (piano)
    John McCabe: Cello Sonata
    John McCabe: Six Minute Symphony
    St Christopher Chamber Orchestra
    Donatas Katkus (conductor)
    Dutton Laboratories CDLX 7133 tr.13
    Performance On 320100111Presented by Petroc Trelawny.
    As part of Mendelssohn's bicentenary celebrations, Riccardo Chailly conducts the orchestra of which the composer himself was music director for the last 12 years of his life. Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar is soloist in Mendelssohn's youthful First Concerto which he completed in just three days at the age of 22.
    It is followed by Mahler's Tenth Symphony, which was was left unfinished at his death but was triumphantly premiered at the 1964 Proms in a 'performing version' prepared by musicologist Deryck Cooke and Berthold Goldschmidt. Written in the shadow of failing health and a collapsing marriage to his young wife Alma, Mahler scribbled notes in the margins of the manuscript. At one point he writes 'to live for you, to die for you', and over the tender, peaceful ending, when he seems to have come to some resolution, he writes just one word 'Almschi' - his nickname for his wife.
    Saleem Abboud Ashkar (piano)
    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
    Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
    Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25
    Mahler, compl Cooke: Symphony No 10
    Followed by the first a series of recent recordings by the BBC performing groups:
    Bingham: Ghost Towns of the American West
    BBC Singers
    David Hill (director)
    Spoliansky: Suite (The Man who Could Work Miracles)
    Ileana Ruhemann (flute)
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Rumon Gamba (conductor).



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