4 Sep 2017

BBC Proms 2017 - Week Six

From Music Alive, 12:01 am on 4 September 2017
Simon O'Neill at the BBC Proms

Simon O'Neill at the BBC Proms Photo: Chris Christodoulou, BBC

“Serious Stamina” on show as the Proms continue

Another 'Unfinished Symphony' this week - this time from Proms poster boy Elgar, who left only sketches and a part orchestration of his Symphony No 3 when he died in 1934. Composer Anthony Payne began his transcription of the Symphony in the early 1990s and it had its first performance in 1998 to immediate acclaim.

On Monday night, the Proms offers up some lush, late romantic music from Arnold Schoenberg. New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill embraces the role of the lovelorn Danish King Waldemar in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder (said to be his answer to Wagner’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’). O’Neill is joined on the Royal Albert Hall stage by a line-up of starry soloists including Eva-Maria Westbroek and Thomas Quasthoff, with the London Symphony Orchestra and a huge chorus presided over by Simon Rattle. Reviews have described O’Neill as a “penetrating tenor” displaying “serious stamina”.


Monday 4 September

7.00 Music Alive

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Tove), Simon O'Neill (Waldemar), Karen Cargill (Waldtaube), Peter Hoare (Klaus the Fool), Christopher Purves (Peasant), Thomas Quasthoff (narrator), London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Simon Rattle

SCHOENBERG: Gurrelieder (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)


Tuesday 5 September

7.00 Music Alive

Javier Perianes (piano), BBC SO/Sakari Oramo

SIBELIUS: Scènes historiques, Suite No 1; SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor Op 22; ELGAR orch Payne: Symphony No 3 (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)


Wednesday 6 September

7.00 Music Alive

Svatopluk Sem (baritone), Men of the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra/Jakub Hrusa

TRAD: You who are Warriors of God; SMETANA: Má Vlast (excerpts); MARTINU: Field Mass; DVORAK: Hussite Overture Op 67; JANACEK: The Excursions of Mr Broucek; SUK: Prague Op 26 (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)


Pines of Rome

Pines of Rome Photo: America Pink, Public Domain

Thursday 7 September

10.00 Weekday Classics with Clarissa Dunn

Leonidas Kavakos (violin), La Scala Orchestra, Milan/Riccardo Chailly

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D Op 77; RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)


Sunday 10 September

10.00 BBC Proms 2017

Latvian Radio Choir/Sigvards Klava

RACHMANINOV: Vespers Op 37 (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)


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