Proms Chamber Music - 2013

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01Handel In Rome20130720

The Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr live at the BBC Proms in a concert that celebrates Handel's visit to Rome to hear the music of Arcangelo Corelli

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Corelli: Concerto grosso in D major, Op. 6 No. 1

Handel: Cantata 'Pensieri notturni di Filli'

Valentini: Concerto grosso in A minor for four violins, Op. 7 No. 11

Handel: Cantata 'Tra le fiamme'

Corelli: Concerto grosso in F major, Op. 6 No. 12

Sophie Bevan (soprano)

The Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (conductor)

Before setlling in Britain Handel visited to Rome to hear the famous Italian violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli. Unable to write operas - which were temporarily banned in the Papal states - Handel turned his hand to writing sacred music. In this first of five Proms Saturday Matinees, Richard Egarr, Sophie Bevan and the Academy of Ancient Music examine Handel's vivacious Italian cantatas in the context of virtuosic concerti grossi and harpsichord music by Corelli and his compatriots.

This concert will be repeated on Wednesday 24th July at 2pm.

01Ravel, Mozart And Lutoslawski20130715

Vilde Frang and Michail Lifits live at the BBC Proms with music by Ravel, Mozart, and the Partita by one of this year's featured composers, Lutoslawski.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Ravel: Violin Sonata

Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major, K379

Lutoslawski: Partita

Vilde Frang (violin)

Michail Lifits (piano)

Petroc Trelawny introduces the first of this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts, live from Cadogan Hall in London. The charismatic young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang makes her Proms concerto debut with the BBC Philharmonic later in the season, but today performs two of the best-loved chamber works in the repertory - Ravel's jazz-influenced work written in the 1920s, and Mozart's great sonata of 1781. And a rare chance to hear the expressive Partita by Witold Lutoslawski, whose centenary is celebrated across the Proms this year.

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 20th July at 2pm.

02Praise To Thee, O Lord!2013072220130727

The Huelgas Ensemble and Paul van Nevel perform Renaissance sacred music - including rarely heard works by Polish composers.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Anon: Chwala tobie, Gospodzinie

Anon: Cracovia civitas

Johannes Wanning: Dixit angelus ad Petrum

Johannes Wanning: Et valde mane

Mikolaj Zielenski: Mihi autem nimis

Christoph Demantius: Neue liebliche Intraden und frölichen Polnischen Täntzen

Luca Marenzio: Lamentabatur Jacob

Luca Marenzio: Solo e pensoso i piu deserti campi

Krzysztof Klabon: Sluchajcie mie

Krzysztof Klabon: Tryumfuj, wierny poddany

Huelgas Ensemble

Paul van Nevel (conductor)

One of the most enterprising and accomplished of the specialist vocal ensembles on today's early music scene, the Huelgas Ensemble and founder/conductor Paul van Nevel make their BBC Proms debut with a characteristically imaginative programme centering on the little-known repertoire of choral music from Renaissance Poland - most of it rarely heard these days, and some of it only recently re-discovered in the archives of the University of Warsaw. Alongside the Polish music are works by 16th-century composers from other corners of Europe - including the great Italian Luca Marenzio, the Dutch-born Johannes Wanning, and Christoph Demantius from Bohemia.

This concert will be repeated on Saturday 27th July at 2pm.

03Britten Up-close2013072920130803

Britten 100

Ruby Hughes, James Gilchrist, Christoph Denoth and Imogen Cooper live at the BBC Proms with a programme of bittersweet works by Benjamin Britten.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Britten: Canticle I 'My beloved is mine'

Britten: A Charm of Lullabies

Britten: Night Piece (Notturno)

Britten: Songs from the Chinese

Britten: Canticle II 'Abraham and Isaac'

Britten: Master Kilby (Folksong Arrangements, Vol. 6, England - No. 3)

Ruby Hughes (mezzo-soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

Christoph Denoth (guitar)

Imogen Cooper (piano)

A sequence of bittersweet works by Benjamin Britten for the third Proms Chamber Music concert, performed by a starry line-up of musicians including pianist Imogen Cooper and tenor James Gilchrist. The programme includes Britten's unnerving story of absolute faith, Abraham and Isaac, and two song-cycles - A Charm of Lullabies and Songs from the Chinese - alongside the exquisite Night Piece (Notturno) for piano.

04Tenthing20130805

All-female 10-piece brass ensemble tenThing live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Grieg: Holberg Suite - Praeludium

Grieg: Lyric Pieces - Grandmother's Minuet, Op. 68 No. 2

Grieg: 19 Norwegian Folk Songs - Gjendine's Lullaby, Op. 66 No. 19

Grieg: Lyric Pieces - March of the Dwarfs, Op. 54 No. 3

Diana Burrell: Blaze (BBC commission: world premiere)

Weill: The Threepenny Opera - suite

Piazzolla: Oblivion

Bizet: Carmen - Suite No. 2

tenThing

Ahead of her Royal Albert Hall concerto debut later this month, Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth brings her all-female 10-piece brass ensemble tenThing to Cadogan Hall. A bold new work by the British composer Diana Burrell is the centrepiece of a virtuosic programme of tangos, seguidillas, habaneras and serenades from Grieg, Piazzolla and Bizet.

Repeated on Saturday at 2pm.

05Holst And Sir Harrison Birtwistle2013081220130817

The Nash Ensemble and the BBC Singers join forces for a programme of 20th-century and contemporary works alongside two choral gems from the Tudor period.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Gustav Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda (Group 3)

William Cornysh: Ave Maria Mater Dei

Imogen Holst: Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

Walter Lambe: Stella Caeli

Harrison Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem (UK premiere)

BBC Singers

Nash Ensemble

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Nicholas Kok conducts the UK premiere of a recent work by Sir Harrison Birtwistle - an elegy to twelve extinct species of lepidoptera, commemorated through their Latin names which are set for women's voices and ensemble of three harps and alto flute.

Also in the programme, Gustav Holst's ravishing set of Sanskrit words - for which he made his own translations from the ancient texts - and one of the handful of compositions left behind by his daughter, Imogen. Completing the mix, two motets from that treasury of early Tudor sacred music compiled as the Eton Choirbook - an extraordinary part of the English musical history from a period whose music was a source of fascination to all three of the other composers in this afternoon's concert.

06London Conchord Ensemble2013081920130824

Robin Tritschler and London Conchord Ensemble at the BBC Proms perform music from the English pastoral tradition by Warlock and Imogen Holst, alongside Poulenc's witty Sextet.

From Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Poulenc: Sextet

Imogen Holst: Phantasy Quartet

Warlock: The Curlew

Couperin, arr. Adès: Les baricades mistérieuses

Robin Tritschler (tenor)

London Conchord Ensemble

Peter Warlock's yearning and melancholy song-cycle on poems by WB Yeats lies at the heart of this Prom, paired with another wistful piece of English pastoralia from the student pen of the young Imogen Holst. Alongside them, Poulenc's wonderfully witty and colourful Sextet for piano and wind instruments provides a spicy contrast, with - to finish - an elusive 17th-century harpsichord work by François Couperin, refracted through the contemporary prism of Thomas Adès's fertile musical imagination.

An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Saturday 24th August at 2pm.

07Maconchy And Brahms2013082620130831

The Signum Quartet and Christian Ihle Hadland (piano) perform music by Maconchy and Brahms

From Cadogan Hall, London

The Signum Quartet and Christian Ihle Hadland live at the BBC Proms with a quartet by Elizabeth Maconchy, and Brahms's evergreen Piano Quintet

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Maconchy: String Quartet No. 3

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor

Signum Quartet

Christian Ihle Hadland (piano)

Nearly 21 years after her death, Elizabeth Maconchy remains one of 20th-century Britain's most alluring forgotten voices. International in outlook, she wrote music of great lyricism and subtlety, closer to the soundworld of central Europe than the English musical establishment. Today Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Signum Quartet perform Maconchy's Bartok-influenced String Quartet No 3, before joining forces with fellow NGA, Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, for Brahms's evergreen Piano Quintet.

08Dowland2013090220130907

Fretwork, Ian Bostridge (tenor) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute) perform music by John Dowland.

Fretwork, Ian Bostridge and Elizabeth Kenny live at the BBC Proms explore the music, life and world of the great English Lutenist John Dowland, born 450 years ago this year.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Dowland: The King of Denmark's Galliard

Dowland: Can she excuse my wrongs (The Earl of Essex's Galliard)

Dowland: Flow, my tears (Lachrimae antiquae)

Dowland: My thoughts are winged with hopes (Sir John Souch's Galliard)

Dowland: Farewell Fancy (Chromatic fantasia)

Dowland: Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears

Dowland: Come again, sweet love doth now invite

Dowland: Mr John Langton's Pavan

Dowland: I saw my lady weep

Dowland: Lachrimæ Amantis

Dowland: If my complaints could passions move (Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard)

Dowland: Lachrimæ tristes

Dowland: In darkness let me dwell

Dowland: Shall I strive with words to move (Sir Henry Noel's Galliard)

Fretwork

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

In a concert to mark his birth, 450 years ago, singer Ian Bostridge, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and viol consort Fretwork explore the music of John Dowland. Courtier, composer, internationally famous performer and occasional spy, Dowland was described by a contemporary as someone "whose heavenly touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense". Today's concert explores both that ravishing music - in songs, dances and instrumental works - and also Dowland's world and life - through musical portraits of his friends, associates and employers. And it includes the song which became his musical calling-card, one of the best known vocal works of the 17th century, and which came to be seen as the epitome of English melancholy: 'Flow my tears'.