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AO320150724

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor laureate Sir Andrew Davis at this year's BBC Proms.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Penny Gore.

Delius: In a Summer Garden

Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto Concerto for Clarinet, Op 57

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

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe - Suite No.2

Mark Simpson (clarinet)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis conductor

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

Recorded last Wednesday at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO320150803

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé performing Vaughan Williams's rarely-heard oratorio Sancta civitas alongside works by Debussy and Elgar.

Presented by Martin Handley from the Royal Albert Hall, London

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

Vaughan Williams: Sancta civitas

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

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

Iain Paterson (baritone)

Hallé Youth Choir

Trinity Boys Choir

Hallé Choir

London Philharmonic Choir

Hallé

Mark Elder (conductor)

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

(First broadcast last Thursday)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 02: Ten Pieces Prom20150722

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

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

Introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill at the Royal Albert Hall

Holst: Mars (from The Planets)

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

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Britten: 'Storm' Interlude (from Peter Grimes)

Handel: Zadok the Priest

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

Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain

Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 (third Movement)

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

Stravinsky: The Firebird (Suite 1910) (finale)

Barney Harwood (presenter)

Dick and Dom (presenters)

Tim Thorpe (horn)

Ten Pieces Children's Choir

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Sondergard (conductor)

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

Recorded last Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall.

AO3Prom 04: Beethoven - Symphony No 920150720

Afternoon on 3 - Presented by Verity Sharp

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

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Suzy Klein

Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus overture.

John Woolrich: Falling Down

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

Margaret Cookhorn (contrabassoon)

Lucy Crowe (soprano)

Gerhild Romberger (mezzo)

Dmytro Popov (tenor)

Kostas Smoriginas (bass-baritone)

CBSO Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

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

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 05: Haydn, Hk Gruber And Stravinsky20150721

Afternoon on 3 - Presented by Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards perform music by Haydn, Stravinsky and the world premiere of HK Gruber's percussion concerto "into the open..." with soloist Colin Currie.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.

Haydn:Symphony No. 85 in B flat 'La reine'

HK Gruber: into the open... (world premiere)

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911)

Colin Currie (percussion)

BBC Philharmonic

John Storgårds (conductor)

Petrushka, with its bustling Shrovetide fair and colourful carnival characters ends a programme which begins with Haydn's symphony 'La reine', the second movement of which shares Stravinsky's sophisticated approach to folk music. Viennese maverick HK Gruber's percussion concerto 'into the open...', echoes the ballet's vivid scoring with a vast assortment of percussion instruments from Thailand, Africa and South America. Colin Currie joins the BBC Philharmonic and its Principal Guest Conductor John Storgards.

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 06: Poulenc, Stravinsky, Haydn And Mozart20150723

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear organist James O'Donnell, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Thomas Søndergård at the BBC Proms in music by Stravinsky, Haydn and Mozart, and Poulenc's Organ Concerto.

Presented at the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny.

Poulenc: Organ Concerto

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Haydn: Te Deum in C major, Hob. XXIII

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

James O'Donnell (organ)

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

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

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 09: Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150726

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra embark on their Beethoven piano concerto cycle, and Stravinsky's classically inspired ballet Apollon musagète.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 in C major

Stravinsky: Apollon musagète

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G major

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/director

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

Recorded on 23rd July

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 1: First Night Of The Proms20150719

Another chance to hear the opening concert from the 2015 BBC Proms last Friday. The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo perform Walton's Belshazzar, and they are joined by pianist Lars Vogt in Mozart.

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade

Gary Carpenter: Dadaville (BBC commission: world premiere)

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

Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast suite

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Lars Vogt (piano)

Christopher Maltman (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Two Nordic anniversaries launch this year's BBC Proms: Denmark's Carl Nielsen and Finland's Jean Sibelius both celebrate their 150th-birthday years. Two exotic musical retellings of the story of the Babylonian king Belshazzar include the first of this summer's feast of choral works. Celebrated German pianist Lars Vogt is soloist in the first of six late great Mozart piano concertos, and British composer Gary Carpenter spearheads the 32 premieres this season - a musical taste of things to come.

AO3Prom 10: Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150727

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as they continue their Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle at the BBC Proms, alongside music by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat major 'Dumbarton Oaks'

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor

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

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

BBC Singers

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes piano/director

David Hill, conductor

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

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 12: Leif Ove Andsnes And The Mahler Chamber Orchestra20150728

Another chance to hear Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra complete their cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos at the BBC Proms, contrasting the 2nd and 5th with Stravinsky's Octet.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Stravinsky: Octet

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

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

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes

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

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

(First broadcast on Sunday 26th July 2015)

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 13: Holst - The Planets20150730

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear Susanna Mälkki conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Boulez's Notations and Holst's The Planets at the BBC Proms. Leila Josefowicz joins for the UK premiere of Luca Francesconi's Violin Concerto.

Presented by Christopher Cook from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Pierre Boulez: Notations 1-4 and 7

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

Holst: The Planets

Leila Josefowicz, violin

Elysian Singers (women's voices)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki, conductor

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

(First broadcast on Monday 27th July)

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 15: Prokofiev, Qigang Chen And Rachmaninov20150731

Afternoon on 3 - Presented by Penny Gore

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

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London

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

Qigang Chen: Iris dévoilée

Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Meng Meng (soprano)

Anu Komsi (soprano)

Piia Komsi (soprano)

Jia Li (pipa)

Jing Chang (zheng)

Nan Wang (erhu)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Xian Zhang (conductor)

Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 18: Katia And Marielle Labeque20150804

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque performing Mozart's Concerto for two pianos in E flat major, K.365, as part of the BBC Proms' focus on the composer's late piano concertos.

Presented by Donald Macleod from the Royal Albert Hall, London

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

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

Katia Labèque (piano)

Marielle Labèque (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

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

First broadcast last Friday.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 20: Schubert, Luke Bedford And Bruckner20150806

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic with Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena perform a symphony by Schubert, the world premiere of 'Instability' by Luke Bedford, and a Bruckner Mass.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny

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

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

Bruckner: Mass No. 3 in F minor

Luba Orgonášová (soprano)

Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Dean Smith (tenor)

Derek Welton (bass-baritone)

Orfeón Pamplonés

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

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

(First broadcast last Saturday)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 22: Aurora Orchestra20150807

Afternoon on 3 with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear the dynamic young orchestra Aurora in their family-friendly Sunday matinee Prom.

Presented by Tom Service from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Brett Dean: Pastoral Symphony

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

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

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

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

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

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 23: Verdi - Requiem20150805

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear Verdi's Requiem performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Donald Runnicles in the first of their two Proms this year.

Presented by Fiona Talkington from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Verdi: Requiem

Angela Meade (soprano)

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Yosep Kang (tenor)

Raymond Aceto (bass)

Concert Association of the Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

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

There will be no interval.

(First broadcast last Sunday).

AO3Prom 24: James Macmillan And Mahler20150810

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles at the BBC Proms in music by James MacMillan and Mahler.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley

2pm:

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

2:30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles conductor

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

(First heard last Monday 3rd August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 26: British Composers20150811

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain

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

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Christopher Cook

2pm:

Walton: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue

2:05pm:

Vaughan Williams: Concerto accademico

2:25pm:

Grace Williams: Fairest of Stars

2:40pm:

Elgar: Overture 'Froissart', Op 19

2:55pm:

Walton: Symphony No. 2

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)

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

(First heard on 5th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings by this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 28: Dukas, Turnage, Schuller And Scriabin20150813

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear Oliver Knussen conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by Dukas, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Gunther Schuller, and Scriabin's thrilling Poem of Ectasy.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Penny Gore.

2pm:

Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

2.15pm:

Mark-Anthony Turnage: On Opened Ground

2.40pm:

Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

3pm:

Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

Lawrence Power (viola)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

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

(First heard on 6th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Prom Artists.

AO3Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel20150814

AO3Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel20150814

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Nicholas Collon, performing works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel, including his piano concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny.

2pm:

Mozart: Idomeneo - ballet music

2.25pm:

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

2.50pm:

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

2:55pm:

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

3.20pm:

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

3.25pm:

Ravel: La valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

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

(First heard on 7th August)

Followed by:

Pierné: Les Cathédrales

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena, conductor.

AO3Prom 29: Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel20150814

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Nicholas Collon, performing works by Mozart, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Ravel, including his piano concerto with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as soloist.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny.

2pm:

Mozart: Idomeneo - ballet music

2.25pm:

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

2.50pm:

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

2:55pm:

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

3.20pm:

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

3.25pm:

Ravel: La valse

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Nicholas Collon (conductor)

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

(First heard on 7th August)

Followed by:

Pierné: Les Cathédrales

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena, conductor.

AO3Prom 31: National Youth Orchestra Of Great Britain20150817

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Sir Mark Elder conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Mahler's 9th Symphony and the London premiere of Tansy Davies's Re-greening, which was composed as a complement to the Mahler.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Tansy Davies: Re-greening (London premiere)

2.10pm:

Mahler: Symphony No.9

National Orchestra of Great Britain

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

Mahler's bitterly beautiful Ninth Symphony is the focus for the National Youth Orchestra's annual visit to the Proms. Still unperformed at the time of the composer's death, the symphony was the last Mahler would complete - a requiem in all but name from a man who had already lost his daughter and knew his own death was imminent. The work's rich writing for brass and strings makes it one of the greats of the orchestral repertoire. The concert opens with the London premiere of Tansy Davies's Re-greening, a celebration of spring written specially as a complement to Mahler's Symphony No. 9.

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20150818

AO3Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20150818

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Eric Whitacre conducting his own music, including the European premiere of his Deep Field, a work inspired by images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, plus works by Gershwin, Copland and a European premiere by Jonathan Newman.

Presented by Fiona Talkington from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2.05pm:

Eric Whitacre: The River Cam

2.15pm:

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

2.20pm:

Gershwin, orch. Grofe: Rhapsody in Blue

2.40pm:

Copland: Quiet City

2.50pm:

Eric Whitacre: Equus

3.00pm:

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

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Whitacre (conductor)

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

(First heard on 9th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra20150818

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Eric Whitacre conducting his own music, including the European premiere of his Deep Field, a work inspired by images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, plus works by Gershwin, Copland and a European premiere by Jonathan Newman.

Presented by Fiona Talkington from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2.05pm:

Eric Whitacre: The River Cam

2.15pm:

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

2.20pm:

Gershwin, orch. Grofe: Rhapsody in Blue

2.40pm:

Copland: Quiet City

2.50pm:

Eric Whitacre: Equus

3.00pm:

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

Martin James Bartlett (piano)

Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Eric Whitacre (conductor)

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

(First heard on 9th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 33: Sir John Eliot Gardiner And The Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique20150820

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique performing Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

Presented by Andrew McGregor from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor

2.35pm:

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

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

(First heard on 9th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 34: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20150821

AO3Prom 34: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20150821

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the violinist Nicola Benedetti with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits in Korngold's Violin Concerto. Plus music by Britten and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5. Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.

2pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

2.20pm:

Korngold: Violin Concerto

2.45pm:

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

A musical snapshot of 1945 - a world emerging from the haze of war into the neon glow of Hollywood and new-found hope. Three contrasting works sum up the spirit of this charged year: Britten's Peter Grimes, reinventing English opera; Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, striving after the 'grandeur of the human spirit'; and Korngold's Violin Concerto. Hailed in his youth as a 'genius' and a 'miracle' by no lesser figures than Mahler and Puccini respectively, Korngold's reputation still rests mainly on his luscious film music. The Violin Concerto combines his instinct for melody (themes are borrowed from four of his finest film scores) with classical virtuosity and structural elegance. The soloist here is Proms regular Nicola Benedetti, a passionate champion of this unaccountably neglected work.

(First heard on 10th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 34: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra20150821

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the violinist Nicola Benedetti with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits in Korngold's Violin Concerto. Plus music by Britten and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5. Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.

2pm

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'

2.20pm:

Korngold: Violin Concerto

2.45pm:

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major

Nicola Benedetti (violin)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

A musical snapshot of 1945 - a world emerging from the haze of war into the neon glow of Hollywood and new-found hope. Three contrasting works sum up the spirit of this charged year: Britten's Peter Grimes, reinventing English opera; Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, striving after the 'grandeur of the human spirit'; and Korngold's Violin Concerto. Hailed in his youth as a 'genius' and a 'miracle' by no lesser figures than Mahler and Puccini respectively, Korngold's reputation still rests mainly on his luscious film music. The Violin Concerto combines his instinct for melody (themes are borrowed from four of his finest film scores) with classical virtuosity and structural elegance. The soloist here is Proms regular Nicola Benedetti, a passionate champion of this unaccountably neglected work.

(First heard on 10th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky20150824

AO3Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky20150824

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth, performing Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird. Marc-André Hamelin plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm:

Pierre Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes

2.20pm:

Ravel (arr. Boulez): Frontispice

2.25pm:

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

2.45pm:

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Wednesday 12th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 36: Pierre Boulez, Ravel and Stravinsky20150824

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth, performing Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird. Marc-André Hamelin plays Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm:

Pierre Boulez: Figures - Doubles - Prismes

2.20pm:

Ravel (arr. Boulez): Frontispice

2.25pm:

Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

2.45pm:

Stravinsky: The Firebird

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Wednesday 12th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 38: Messiaen - Turangalila Symphony20150825

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Juanjo Mena with Steven Osborne and Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm:

Foulds: Three Mantras

2:25pm:

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martenot)

Steven Osborne (piano)

London Symphony Chorus (women's voices)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Thursday 13th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 40: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 1 And 220150827

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard performing an all-Sibelius programme, with his first and second symphonies, and Finlandia.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Sibelius: Finlandia

2.10pm:

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

2.50pm:

Symphony No. 2 in D major

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Saturday 15th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 42: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 and 420150828

AO3Prom 42: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 and 420150828

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra continuing the Sibelius anniversary celebrations with conductor Ilan Volkov. They perform Sibelius's 2nd and 3rd Symphonies along with his Violin Concerto, with Julian Rachlin as soloist.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

2pm:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major

2.30pm:

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor

3.05pm:

Michael Finnissy: Janne (BBC commission: world premiere)

3.20pm:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Julian Rachlin (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Sunday 16th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings by this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 42: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 and 420150828

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra continuing the Sibelius anniversary celebrations with conductor Ilan Volkov. They perform Sibelius's 2nd and 3rd Symphonies along with his Violin Concerto, with Julian Rachlin as soloist.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

2pm:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major

2.30pm:

Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor

3.05pm:

Michael Finnissy: Janne (BBC commission: world premiere)

3.20pm:

Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor

Julian Rachlin (violin)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Sunday 16th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings by this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall

2pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

2.35pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

3pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Monday 17th August)

Followed by a selection of recording from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall

2pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

2.35pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

3pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Monday 17th August)

Followed by a selection of recording from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall

2pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

2.35pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

3pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Monday 17th August)

Followed by a selection of recording from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 43: Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 5, 6 and 720150831

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, at the BBC Proms. Sibelius's final Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch at the Royal Albert Hall

2pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

2.35pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 6 in D minor

3pm

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Monday 17th August)

Followed by a selection of recording from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 44: West-eastern Divan Orchestra And Daniel Barenboim20150901

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a Beethoven concerto and highly contrasting symphonies by the young Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2:25pm:

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

3:05pm

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

Guy Braunstein (violin)

Kian Soltani (cello)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (piano/conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Tuesday 18th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 45: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Charles Dutoit20150903

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Charles Dutoit conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Shostakovich and Debussy; Elizabeth Leonskaja joins them for Mozart's E flat piano concerto.

Presented by Martin Handley from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Debussy (orch. Henri Büsser): Petite Suite

2:15pm:

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

2:55pm

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

Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on Wednesday 19th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 46: Danish National Symphony Orchestra20150904

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear violinist Nikolaj Znaider, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, at the BBC Proms, in music by Brahms and Nielsen

Presented by Ian Skelly from the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm

Nielsen: Overture 'Helios'

2.10pm

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

2.50pm

Nielsen: Three Motets

Nielsen: Hymnus amoris

3.15pm

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

Nikolaj Znaider (violin)

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)

David Danholt (tenor)

Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Fabio Luisi (conductor)

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

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

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

(First broadcast on Thursday 20th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 47: Sibelius, Jon Leifs, Anders Hillborg And Beethoven20150906

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, in Sibelius, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and Jon Leifs's Organ Concerto with soloist Stephen Farr.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Petroc Trelawny

4pm:

Sibelius: Tapiola

4.20pm:

Leifs: Organ Concerto

4.45pm:

Anders Hillborg: Beast Sampler (UK premiere)

5.00pm:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major

Stephen Farr (organ)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

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

(First heard on 21st August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 48: An All-bach Concert20150826

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear an all-Bach Prom from the BBC Singers, the Academy of Ancient Music and David Hill, including his Magnificat and Mass in G minor.

Presented by Martin Handley from the Royal Albert Hall, London

2pm:

Bach: Mass in G minor (BWV 235)

2.30pm:

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

2.40pm:

Bach: Magnificat in D major (BWV 243)

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

Rebecca Evans (soprano)

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Nicky Spence (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Singers

Academy of Ancient Music

David Hill (conductor)

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

(First broadcast on 21st August).

AO3Prom 49: Mahler - Symphony No 620150907

AO3Prom 49: Mahler - Symphony No 620150907

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear Håkan Hardenberger, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at the Proms in Brett Dean and Mahler.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Brett Dean: Dramatis personae

2:30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

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

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 49: Mahler - Symphony No 620150907

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear Håkan Hardenberger, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at the Proms in Brett Dean and Mahler.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Brett Dean: Dramatis personae

2:30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

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

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 49: Mahler - Symphony No 620150907

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear Håkan Hardenberger, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons at the Proms in Brett Dean and Mahler.

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

2pm:

Brett Dean: Dramatis personae

2:30pm:

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

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

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 51: Boston Symphony Orchestra And Andris Nelsons20150908

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in music by Haydn, Barber and Shostakovich.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Fiona Talkington

2pm:

Haydn: Symphony No.90 in C major

2.25pm:

Barber: Essay No.2

2.40pm:

Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

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

(First heard on 23rd August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen and Janacek20150910

AO3Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen and Janacek20150910

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner in Britten, Janacek and Nielsen's Flute Concerto with Emily Beynon, plus a world premiere - Raymond Yiu's Symphony.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Tom Service

2pm:

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

2.25pm:

Raymond Yiu: Symphony (BBC commission: world premiere)

2.50pm:

Nielsen: Flute Concerto

3.10pm:

Janácek: Sinfonietta

Andrew Watts (countertenor)

Emily Beynon (flute)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

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

(First heard on 25th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen and Janacek20150910

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner in Britten, Janacek and Nielsen's Flute Concerto with Emily Beynon, plus a world premiere - Raymond Yiu's Symphony.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Tom Service

2pm:

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

2.25pm:

Raymond Yiu: Symphony (BBC commission: world premiere)

2.50pm:

Nielsen: Flute Concerto

3.10pm:

Janácek: Sinfonietta

Andrew Watts (countertenor)

Emily Beynon (flute)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

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

(First heard on 25th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg20150911

AO3Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg20150911

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the flautist Sophie Cherrier, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg conducted by François-Xavier Roth, perform Boulez, Ligeti and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Andrew McGregor

2pm:

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

2.35pm:

Ligeti: Lontano

2.50pm:

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Sophie Cherrier (flute)

SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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

(First heard on 26th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 55: SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg20150911

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the flautist Sophie Cherrier, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg conducted by François-Xavier Roth, perform Boulez, Ligeti and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Andrew McGregor

2pm:

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

2.35pm:

Ligeti: Lontano

2.50pm:

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Sophie Cherrier (flute)

SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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

(First heard on 26th August)

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

AO3Prom 65: Alice Coote Sings Handel20150909

AO3Prom 65: Alice Coote Sings Handel20150909

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, with the English Concert and Harry Bicket in a programme of Handel arias, exploring the theme of 'being both' - the dilemmas and turbulent emotions experienced by both male and female characters. Including arias from Giulio Cesare, Semele, Hercules, Theodora and Messiah.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Martin Handley.

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

The English Concert

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Susannah Waters (stage director)

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

(First heard on 3rd September).

AO3Prom 65: Alice Coote Sings Handel20150909

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, with the English Concert and Harry Bicket in a programme of Handel arias, exploring the theme of 'being both' - the dilemmas and turbulent emotions experienced by both male and female characters. Including arias from Giulio Cesare, Semele, Hercules, Theodora and Messiah.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Martin Handley.

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

The English Concert

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Susannah Waters (stage director)

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

(First heard on 3rd September).

AO3Prom 65: Alice Coote Sings Handel20150909

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, with the English Concert and Harry Bicket in a programme of Handel arias, exploring the theme of 'being both' - the dilemmas and turbulent emotions experienced by both male and female characters. Including arias from Giulio Cesare, Semele, Hercules, Theodora and Messiah.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Martin Handley.

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)

The English Concert

Harry Bicket (conductor)

Susannah Waters (stage director)

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

(First heard on 3rd September).

AO3Proms Saturday Matinee 2: B'rock20150812

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear a Saturday Matinee Prom from the ensemble B'rock, with mezzo-soprano Mary-Ellen Nesi and violinist and counter-tenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, performing 18th-century Italian music by Vivaldi, Caldara and Geminiani.

Presented from the Cadogan Hall by Petroc Trelawny.

2.00 pm

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in C major, RV 177 (1st and 2nd movts)

2:10

Vivaldi: Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, RV 169

2:15

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

2:25

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

2:40

Vivaldi: Longe mala, umbrae, terrores, RV 629

2:55

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

3:05

Vivaldi: In furore iustissimae irae, RV 626

Mary-Ellen Nesi (mezzo-soprano)

B'Rock - Baroque Orchestra Ghent

Dmitry Sinkovsky (violin/countertenor/director)

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

(First heard on 8th August).

AO3Psm 1: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group20150729

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore

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

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

Recorded at Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

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

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

Betsy Jolas: Wanderlied (UK premiere)

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

Pierre Boulez: Dérive 2

Ulrich Heinen (cello)

Hilary Summers (contralto)

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Franck Ollu (conductor)

(First broadcast live on Saturday 21st July 2015).

AO3Psm 3: Apollo's Fire20150819

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear the Proms Saturday Matinee given by Apollo's Fire under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell and featuring the violinist Alina Ibragimova.

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

2pm:

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

2.10pm:

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

2.20pm:

Telemann: Burlesque de Quixotte - excerpts

2.35pm:

Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042

2.55pm:

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

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

Apollo's fire

Jeannette Sorrell (harpsichord / director)

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

AO3PSM 4: London Sinfonietta20150902

AO3PSM 4: London Sinfonietta20150902

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

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

Presented by Tom Service from Cadogan Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2:10pm:

Helen Grime: A Cold Spring

2:20pm:

Pierre Boulez: Domaines

2:35pm:

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

2:45pm:

Pierre Boulez: Éclat/Multiples

Michael Cox (flute)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

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

(First broadcast Saturday 29th August).

AO3PSM 4: London Sinfonietta20150902

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

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

Presented by Tom Service from Cadogan Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2:10pm:

Helen Grime: A Cold Spring

2:20pm:

Pierre Boulez: Domaines

2:35pm:

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

2:45pm:

Pierre Boulez: Éclat/Multiples

Michael Cox (flute)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

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

(First broadcast Saturday 29th August).

AO3Psm 4: London Sinfonietta20150902

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

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

Presented by Tom Service from Cadogan Hall, London.

2pm:

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

2:10pm:

Helen Grime: A Cold Spring

2:20pm:

Pierre Boulez: Domaines

2:35pm:

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

2:45pm:

Pierre Boulez: Éclat/Multiples

Michael Cox (flute)

Mark van de Wiel (clarinet)

London Sinfonietta

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

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

(First broadcast Saturday 29th August).