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23 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6.30pm 
Shostakovich, Bartók & Tavener
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Michael Cox alto-flute
Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano
Isabelle Faust violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Isabelle Faust’s association with Bartók extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer’s violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Jiří Bělohlávek for Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it’s a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms.

By the early 1950s and Shostakovich’s 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin’s Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener – some of the last works from England’s great musical mystic.

John Tavener : Gnosis
Béla Bartók : Violin Concerto No. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich : Symphony No. 10 in E minor

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United Kingdom
 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Oriental Promise
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Daniel Hope violin
Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Sascha Goetzel conductor, Proms debut artist

Violinist Daniel Hope joins the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, which makes its Proms debut with a classical celebration of the Orient. Sneak into Mozart’s harem, witness the magnificent Queen of Sheba in portraits by both Handel and Respighi, and enjoy the insistent rhythms and swaying hips of Balakirev’s oriental fantasy Islamey. The concert also features a new violin concerto from Gabriel Prokofiev, commemorating the First World War centenary.

Mily Balakirev : Islamey – oriental fantasy
Gustav Holst : Beni Mora
Gabriel Prokofiev : Violin Concerto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail - overture
G F Handel : Solomon - overture
Ottorino Respighi : Belkis, Queen of Sheba

30 Jul

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Mahler, Ravel & Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Alexandre Tharaud piano
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena conductor

The intense, contrasting moods of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 – the bitter solemnity of its funeral march, the violence of its second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto – make this one of the great orchestral showpieces.

In his Proms concerto debut, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud performs Ravel’s atmospheric and virtuosic Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and the concert opens with the first of several works at this year’s Proms celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday – an atmospheric plunge into mossy, melancholic darkness, lightened only by the call of birds.

Harrison Birtwistle : Night's Black Bird
Maurice Ravel : Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Gustav Mahler : Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

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United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 8pm 
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800

Nova Music Opera
Richard Williams director | George Vass conductor

Cast includes: Clare McCaldin mezzo-soprano; Christopher Good actor;
Donna Lennard soprano; Henry Manning baritone
Nova Music Ensemble

United by a common theme of misadventure, but distinct enough to engage and excite on many levels, Prometheus Drowned and Airborne make perfect performance partners.

Prometheus Drowned, Stephen McNeff’s reworking of an earlier Presteigne Festival
commission, is a chilling exploration of the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1822 at Livorno in Tuscany. Richard Williams has worked the libretto from contemporary sources, using journals, diaries and a number of Shelley’s own writings.

For Airborne, we move forward in history to World War I, where we meet Johnny, a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, and Alice, a nurse in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. The opera reflects their parallel experiences on 1 July 1916, allowing them to interact and sing and dance together as their minds go back to the high spots of their deepening love affair; both anticipate and then witness the huge debacle that was the Battle of the Somme.

Cecilia McDowall : AIRBORNE

21 Aug

United Kingdom
 Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Britten – War Requiem
Royal Albert Hall, London
Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
United Kingdom
020 7589 8212

Susan Gritton soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
BBC Proms Youth Choir
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons conductor

‘My subject is War, and the pity of War.’ Wilfred Owen’s shattering verse sits at the heart of Britten’s War Requiem – that great pacifist outpouring of horror and sorrow. To mark 100 years since the start of the 1914–18 conflict, the War Requiem is performed here by the same orchestra that premiered it in 1962.

The CBSO and Music Director Andris Nelsons are joined by the BBC Proms Youth Choir in its third great English choral work, following powerful performances of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (2012) and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony (2013).

Benjamin Britten : War Requiem

22 Aug

United Kingdom
 Friday, August 22, 2014 at 7.45pm 
Presteigne Festival

United Kingdom
01544 267800

Juliette Bausor flute | Sally Pryce harp | Benjamin Nabarro violin
Presteigne Festival Orchestra
George Vass conductor

Michael Tippett : Little Music for string orchestra
Andrzej Panufnik : Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and string orchestra
Andrzej Panufnik : Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp and string orchestra
Huw Watkins : Concertino for violin and string orchestra
Grażyna Bacewicz : Concerto for string orchestra

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