BBC Proms 2010 [world Service]

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20090718

The First Night of the Proms 2009 on BBC World Service

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The First Night of the Proms: 18 - 19 July

The 2009 BBC Proms start with a bang – literally – as Stravinsky’s Fireworks begin a fizzing First Night Concert: a celebratory occasion blazing a trail for the season to come. It’s given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus, musical forces that underpin the summer concert series, under the direction of their Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek. And there are plenty of visiting musicians too, top international artists, represented in this opening night extravaganza by French sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque. They’ll be playing Poulenc’s witty and iconoclastic Concerto for Two Pianos; another French composer Emmanuel Chabrier, provides an Ode to Music, sung by the young Irish soprano Aylish Tynan; and the secular celebrations are given a spiritual dimension with a psalm-setting by Anton Bruckner.

World Service broadcast programme
Stravinsky: Fireworks
Chabrier: Ode à la musique
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos
Bruckner: Psalm 150

Performers
Ailish Tynan, soprano
Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor

20090725

Prom 8: 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 8: 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University: 25-26 July

Cambridge University is one of the oldest in the world: this year it celebrates its 800th anniversary and festivities include this fabulous concert at the 2009 BBC Proms. The rich red interior of the RAH will be decked out instead in Cambridge colours, the distinctive light-blue, or at least many in the audience will be. Music, especially choral music, has been at the heart of Cambridge since its foundation and composers past and present are represented in a glorious musical programme performed by the choirs of no fewer than 16 Cambridge Colleges. We’ll hear Cambridge Alumnus Simon Keenlyside take the solo role in the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with words by 17th century poet George Herbert, who also went to Cambridge; and Andrew Davies - another Cambridge graduate - conducts the BBC SO. Music too by Charles Villiers Stanford and by living composer Jonathan Harvey.

World Service broadcast programme
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A major
Harvey: Come, Holy Ghost*

Performers
Simon Keenlyside baritone
Choirs of King's and St John's colleges
Choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius, and Trinity colleges
Choirs from combined Cambridge colleges
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Andrew Nethsingha* conductor

20090801

Prom 10: Akiko Suwanai - Virtuoso Violin Works

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 10: Akiko Suwanai - Virtuoso Violin Works

There is a real mix of cultures in this concert: a Spanish work by a Frenchman; a Spanish work by a Spaniard who spent most of his working life in France; and a work by a Japanese composer who loved French music best of all. And when it comes to performers, the spotlight falls on a virtuosic Japanese violinist, young Akiko Suwanai, who joins a French orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, with a conductor, Jun Maerkl, who is half Japanese. And all the works in the programme come from the time well before the concept of musical fusion became the latest ‘must have’ accessory for a musician!

World Service broadcast programme:
Takemitsu Green (First performance at the Proms)
Sarasate Concert Fantasy on Themes from ‘Carmen’
Ravel Tzigane
Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

Performers:
Akiko Suwanai violin
Orchestre National de Lyon
Jun Märkl conductor

20090808

Prom 28: Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Stravinsky's Scenes de Ballet.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 28 08/08/09 Bassoons and Broadway Ballets

The BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda are joined by the brilliant young Scottish bassoonist Karen Geoghegan, who was a popular runner-up in BBC TV’s Classical Star in 2007 and here makes her Proms debut in Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.

The celebrated partnership between Stravinsky and ballet impresario Diaghilev began a hundred years ago: we mark it with Stravinsky’s vibrant Scènes de Ballet originally written for the 1944 Broadway review “The Seven Lively Arts.” Despite describing it as “featherweight and sugared” Stravinsky boasted that he had received the substantial fee of $5,000 for a score lasting only 15 minutes.

World Service broadcast programme:
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major
Stravinsky: Scènes de ballet

Performers:
Karen Geoghegan, bassoon
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

20090815

Prom 32: A Celebration of Multiple Pianos.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We’ve got two themes running through this Prom concert from the 2009 BBC Proms. As well as celebrating the delights of the piano - and not only one piano but two, we’ll be enjoying the music of a couple of France’s most eminent composers.

In Camille Saint-Saens’s zoological fantasy The Carnival of the Animals, he depicts a varied and unusual choice of animals. The cello is the elegant swan, the xylophone represents fossils, while the pianos become very convincing hens. But despite its popularity today, Saint-Saens never allowed a public performance of the whole piece during his lifetime.

We’ll also be hearing Gabriel Faure’s charming Dolly Suite which was originally written as a set of piano duets. This playful music is full of nostalgia for childhood and it’s therefore not surprising that it was inspired by a young girl – Helene Bardac, known as Dolly.

World Service broadcast programme

Faure, orch Rabaud: Dolly (suite)

Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals

Performers

Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, pianos

Britten Sinfonia

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

20090822

Prom 44: Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Visiting musicians are always made extremely welcome at the BBC Proms and in this concert the Royal Albert Hall plays host to Hungary’s leading ensemble: the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Their 25-year partnership with conductor Ivan Fischer has proved to be a great success story in classical music - and the celebrated maestro will be bringing his musical vision to bear on Antonin Dvorak’s 7th Symphony. The Czech composer wrote the symphony 125 years ago, after a visit to London, when he was warmly received. The Symphony was first performed here a year later and continues to be hugely popular; it may not be his most well-known, but many people think it’s Dvorak’s best symphony: dark and dramatic, and deeply passionate.

World Service broadcast programme:
Dvorak: Symphony No.7

Performers:
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer, conductor

20090829

Prom 53: Joyce DiDonato sings music by anniversary composers Haydn and Handel.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 53  A celebration of Handel and Haydn

We celebrate the anniversaries of two legendary composers in our concert today from the 2009 BBC Proms.

This year is the 250th anniversary of the death of George Frideric Handel. We’ll be marking the occasion by hearing one of his most famous pieces – Water Music, Suite no.2 in D major, which was originally performed for King George I while he travelled with guests in his barge on the River Thames in London.

We’ll also be hearing two beautiful arias from Handel’s operas, Xerxes and Alcina, sung today by the American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato.

And Joyce will also be performing Joseph Haydn’s haunting “Scena di Berenice”. It’s been described as one of the great eighteenth century concert arias and is therefore a fitting way to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of its composer, Haydn.

World Service broadcast programme:
Handel: Xerxes – Ombra mai fu
Handel: Alcina – Ah, mio cor!
Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 2 in D major
Haydn: Scena di Berenice

Performers:
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

20090905

Prom 56: Lang Lang plays Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 56 The virtuosic Chinese pianist Lang Lang

At last year’s BBC Proms, the Royal Albert Hall was completely packed out with people eager to see the Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who, fresh from his appearance at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Beijing Olympics, thrilled them all with his flamboyant showmanship and above all, his brilliant mastery of the piano. Lang Lang’s facility for Chopin was especially remarkable and in today’s Prom, he’s back to play one of Chopin’s own favourite pieces - the Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor - a virtuosic and romantically poetic work that ends with all the fire and passion of a Polish mazurka.

World Service broadcast programme:
Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor

Performers:
Lang Lang, piano
Staatskapelle Dresden
Fabio Luisi, conductor

20090912

Prom 61: Duparc's songs with Magdalena Ko\u017een\u00e1 and Ravel's Daphnis with Mariss Jansons

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

This Prom concert features the lustrous tones of the renowned Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená singing a handful of exquisite miniatures by the Frenchman Henri Duparc. She’s never committed these songs to disc, so this is a rare opportunity to hear her perform some real gems of the French song repertoire. And, best of all, she’s singing with the world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra who are currently at their peak, in the hands of the great Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons. He and the orchestra complete the Prom with a suite from Ravel’s glorious ballet Daphnis and Chloe, a score that simply shimmers with orchestral colour.

World Service broadcast programme:
Duparc -
L'invitation au voyage
Extase (orch. Pierre de Breville)
Le manoir de Rosemonde
Chanson triste
Phidylé

Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2

Performers:
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

20100717

Six choirs, including one from Sydney, Australia, eight renowned soloists and a large symphony orchestra all join together under the baton of Czech conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek for the First Night of the 2010 season.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, they will be performing Mahler's Symphony No.

8 in E flat major, often called his "Symphony of a Thousand", because of the number of musicians needed.

Performers:

Mardi Byers soprano

Twyla Robinson soprano

Malin Christensson soprano

Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano

Kelley O'Connor mezzo-soprano

Nikolai Schukoff tenor

Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone

Tomasz Konieczny bass

Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral

Choristers of Westminster Abbey

Choristers of Westminster Cathedral

BBC Symphony Chorus

Crouch End Festival Chorus

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Brett Weymark, conductor of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Highlights from the First Night of the 2010 BBC Proms - Mahler's Symphony No.8.

20100717

Highlights from the First Night of the 2010 BBC Proms - Mahler's Symphony No.8.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Six choirs, including one from Sydney, Australia, eight renowned soloists and a large symphony orchestra all join together under the baton of Czech conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek for the First Night of the 2010 season. Marking the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, they perform Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major which is often called his "Symphony of a Thousand" because of the number of musicians needed.

Photo of Jiří Bĕlohlávek by Clive Barda.

Performers:
Mardi Byers soprano
Twyla Robinson soprano
Malin Christensson soprano
Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano
Kelley O'Connor mezzo-soprano
Stefan Vinke tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
Tomasz Konieczny bass
Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Choristers of Westminster Abbey
Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Brett Weymark, conductor of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

20100724

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The stalwarts of each Proms season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek, feature in our second concert from the Proms. They are joined by pianist Paul Lewis (pictured), one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, who plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major.

World Service broadcast programme:
Beethoven Overture 'Egmont'
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Paul Lewis piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and jazz pianist Julian Joseph.

20100724

The stalwarts of each Proms season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek, feature in our second concert from the Proms.

They are joined by pianist Paul Lewis, one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, who plays Beehoven's Piano Concerto No.

4 in G major.

World Service broadcast programme:

Beethoven Overture 'Egmont'

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.

Paul Lewis piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and jazz pianist Julian Joseph.

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

The stalwarts of each Proms season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek, feature in our second concert from the Proms. They are joined by pianist Paul Lewis, one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, who plays Beehoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

The stalwarts of each Proms season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek, feature in our second concert from the Proms.

They are joined by pianist Paul Lewis, one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, who plays Beehoven's Piano Concerto No.

4 in G major.

World Service broadcast programme:

Beethoven Overture 'Egmont'

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.

Paul Lewis piano

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and jazz pianist Julian Joseph.

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

20100731

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The BBC Philharmonic, one of UK's most distinguished orchestras, brings a varied programme to the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of their Principal Guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky. To start with, an orchestral work by Robert Schumann which is a three-movement symphony in all but name. Towards the end of the programme, a couple of very popular dances from the pen of the Viennese king of the waltz Johann Strauss the Younger. And in between, a tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who was originally scheduled to conduct the concert but who sadly passed away just a few days before this Proms season began.

World Service Broadcast programme:

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance in E minor Op.72 No.2
J. Strauss II - Emperor Waltz
J. Strauss II - By the Beautiful Blue Danube

BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Austrian broadcaster and songwriter Robert Rotifer.

20100731

The BBC Philharmonic, one of UK's most distinguished orchestras, brings a varied programme to the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of their Principal Guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky.

To start with, an orchestral work by Robert Schumann which is a three-movement symphony in all but name.

Towards the end of the programme, a couple of very popular dances from the pen of the Viennese king of the waltz Johann Strauss the Younger.

And in between, a tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who was originally scheduled to conduct the concert but who sadly passed away just a few days before this Proms season began.

World Service Broadcast programme:

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op.

52

Dvořák - Slavonic Dance in E minor Op.72 No.2

J.

Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Strauss II - By the Beautiful Blue Danube

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Austrian broadcaster and songwriter Robert Rotifer.

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

The BBC Philharmonic, one of UK's most distinguished orchestras, brings a varied programme to the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of their Principal Guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky. To start with, an orchestral work by Robert Schumann which is a three-movement symphony in all but name. Towards the end of the programme, a couple of very popular dances from the pen of the Viennese king of the waltz Johann Strauss the Younger. And in between, a tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who was originally scheduled to conduct the concert but who sadly passed away just a few days before this Proms season began.

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52

J. Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

J. Strauss II - By the Beautiful Blue Danube

The BBC Philharmonic, one of UK's most distinguished orchestras, brings a varied programme to the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of their Principal Guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky.

To start with, an orchestral work by Robert Schumann which is a three-movement symphony in all but name.

Towards the end of the programme, a couple of very popular dances from the pen of the Viennese king of the waltz Johann Strauss the Younger.

And in between, a tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who was originally scheduled to conduct the concert but who sadly passed away just a few days before this Proms season began.

World Service Broadcast programme:

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op.

52

Dvořák - Slavonic Dance in E minor Op.72 No.2

J.

Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Strauss II - By the Beautiful Blue Danube

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Austrian broadcaster and songwriter Robert Rotifer.

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

20100807

Stephen Sondheim - a celebration of the greatest living musical composer and lyricist

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest living composers and lyricists of musical theatre in today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms.

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year and over his long and distinguished career, he has continued to break the mould of the genre. During his early life he was tutored by the American musical theatre greats - having been mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, he worked with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Julie Styne on Gypsy.

Describing himself as a ‘playwright in song’, he went on to revolutionize musical theatre, creating original, witty and often challenging shows.

His award winning musicals span from the demented demon barber of Fleet St, Sweeney Todd, married life in 1970s New York, Company, to Sunday in the Park with George based on the pointillist paintings of the 19th Century French artist Georges Seurat.

World Service broadcast programme
Sondheim: Fanfare, Invocation and Instructions - The Frogs
Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George
Sondheim: Agony – Into the Woods
Sondheim: Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music
Sondheim: Epiphany – Sweeney Todd
Sondheim: A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd
Sondheim: Our Time – Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim: Being Alive – Company
Sondheim: Side by Side by Side –Company

Performers
Vocalist: Bryn Terfel
Vocalist: Maria Friedman
Vocalist: Simon Russell Beale
Vocalist: Judi Dench
Vocalist: Julian Ovenden
Vocalist: Caroline O’Connor
Vocalist: Daniel Evans
Vocalist: Jenna Russell

Proms Sondheim Ensemble
Singers from the BBC Performing Arts Fund
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Charles Abell, conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson.

20100807

We are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest living composers and lyricists of musical theatre in today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms.

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year and over his long and distinguished career, he has continued to break the mould of the genre.

During his early life he was tutored by the American musical theatre greats - having been mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, he worked with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Julie Styne on Gypsy.

Describing himself as a ‘playwright in song’, he went on to revolutionize musical theatre, creating original, witty and often challenging shows.

His award winning musicals span from the demented demon barber of Fleet St, Sweeney Todd, married life in 1970s New York, Company, to Sunday in the Park with George based on the pointillist paintings of the 19th Century French artist Georges Seurat.

World Service broadcast programme

Sondheim: Fanfare, Invocation and Instructions - The Frogs

Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George

Sondheim: Agony – Into the Woods

Sondheim: Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music

Sondheim: Epiphany – Sweeney Todd

Sondheim: A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd

Sondheim: Our Time – Merrily We Roll Along

Sondheim: Being Alive – Company

Sondheim: Side by Side by Side –Company

Performers

Vocalist: Bryn Terfel

Vocalist: Maria Friedman

Vocalist: Simon Russell Beale

Vocalist: Judi Dench

Vocalist: Julian Ovenden

Vocalist: Caroline O’Connor

Vocalist: Daniel Evans

Vocalist: Jenna Russell

Proms Sondheim Ensemble

Singers from the BBC Performing Arts Fund

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Charles Abell, conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson.

Stephen Sonheim - a celebration of the greatest living musical composer and lyricist

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year and over his long and distinguished career, he has continued to break the mould of the genre. During his early life he was tutored by the American musical theatre greats - having been mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, he worked with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Julie Styne on Gypsy.

We are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest living composers and lyricists of musical theatre in today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms.

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year and over his long and distinguished career, he has continued to break the mould of the genre.

During his early life he was tutored by the American musical theatre greats - having been mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, he worked with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Julie Styne on Gypsy.

Describing himself as a ‘playwright in song’, he went on to revolutionize musical theatre, creating original, witty and often challenging shows.

His award winning musicals span from the demented demon barber of Fleet St, Sweeney Todd, married life in 1970s New York, Company, to Sunday in the Park with George based on the pointillist paintings of the 19th Century French artist Georges Seurat.

World Service broadcast programme

Sondheim: Fanfare, Invocation and Instructions - The Frogs

Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George

Sondheim: Agony – Into the Woods

Sondheim: Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music

Sondheim: Epiphany – Sweeney Todd

Sondheim: A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd

Sondheim: Our Time – Merrily We Roll Along

Sondheim: Being Alive – Company

Sondheim: Side by Side by Side –Company

Performers

Vocalist: Bryn Terfel

Vocalist: Maria Friedman

Vocalist: Simon Russell Beale

Vocalist: Judi Dench

Vocalist: Julian Ovenden

Vocalist: Caroline O’Connor

Vocalist: Daniel Evans

Vocalist: Jenna Russell

Proms Sondheim Ensemble

Singers from the BBC Performing Arts Fund

BBC Concert Orchestra

David Charles Abell, conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson.

Stephen Sonheim - a celebration of the greatest living musical composer and lyricist

20100814

Highlights of the 2010 season of BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

20100814

The European Union Youth Orchestra play the narrative music of Tchaikovsky and Jan\u00e1\u010dek.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms, we’ll be enjoying music that’s been inspired by classic works of literature, as well as having a Russian flair to them as well.
Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet, has been described as his first masterpiece. Based on the famous Shakespeare play about the ill fated star crossed lovers, it contains one of the most famous love themes in classical music.

While Tchaikovsky set an English playwright’s work to music, the Czech composer Janáček turned to the Russians for his inspiration. Janáček loved Russian novels, setting many to music, and in today’s Prom we’ll be hearing his Rhapsody for Orchestra "Taras Bulba", based on the short story by Gogol about the rousing 17th century Cossack hero.

World Service Broadcast:

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet"

Janáček: Taras Bulba

European Union Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Matthias Bamert

The Prom is presented by Fiona Talkington with her guest, the composer Errollyn Wallen.

Illustration: European Union Youth Orchestra, courtesy of Photoshot

20100821

Iconic Iraqi singer and guitarist Ilham Al Madfai 2010 brings his typical fusion of Arabic and Western music to the the Royal Albert Hall in London.

One of the most popular musicians in his native country since the 1970s, Ilham's renown has spread across the Middle East and beyond in the last decade or so.

lham started out as something of an enfant terrible, brining cover versions of the Beatles and other Western pop bands to Iraq, then gradually incorporated more and more traditional Arabic music into his work, eventually becoming a musical symbol of Iraq’s turbulent fate.

Ilham is also keen to pass on his great musical experience to the young generation: so he is joined by his protege Khyam Allami, a young virtuoso on the oud, the classic Middle-Eastern lute.

Performers:

Ilham Al Madfai guitar/vocalist

Khyam Allami oud

Saro Kevorkian drum kit

Faisal Ghazi Dawood oriental percussion

Andrea Piccioni percussion

Omar Bashir oud

Azad Omar Mohammed ney

Jamil Al Asadi qanoon

Walid Kamel oriental percussion

Luca Scansani electric bass

World Service Broadcast programme:

Khuttar

Bien El Asir

Maqam Al-Khanabat

Baghdad

Mohammed Ya Mohammed

Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman

Introduced by Fiona Talkington and Liliane Daoud from the BBC Arabic Service

Legendary Iraqi guitarist Ilham Al Madfai brings his hand-picked band to BBC Proms 2010.

Iconic Iraqi singer and guitarist Ilham Al Madfai 2010 brings his typical fusion of Arabic and Western music to the the Royal Albert Hall in London. One of the most popular musicians in his native country since the 1970s, Ilham's renown has spread across the Middle East and beyond in the last decade or so.

Iconic Iraqi singer and guitarist Ilham Al Madfai 2010 brings his typical fusion of Arabic and Western music to the the Royal Albert Hall in London.

One of the most popular musicians in his native country since the 1970s, Ilham's renown has spread across the Middle East and beyond in the last decade or so.

lham started out as something of an enfant terrible, brining cover versions of the Beatles and other Western pop bands to Iraq, then gradually incorporated more and more traditional Arabic music into his work, eventually becoming a musical symbol of Iraq’s turbulent fate.

Ilham is also keen to pass on his great musical experience to the young generation: so he is joined by his protege Khyam Allami, a young virtuoso on the oud, the classic Middle-Eastern lute.

Performers:

Ilham Al Madfai guitar/vocalist

Khyam Allami oud

Saro Kevorkian drum kit

Faisal Ghazi Dawood oriental percussion

Andrea Piccioni percussion

Omar Bashir oud

Azad Omar Mohammed ney

Jamil Al Asadi qanoon

Walid Kamel oriental percussion

Luca Scansani electric bass

World Service Broadcast programme:

Khuttar

Bien El Asir

Maqam Al-Khanabat

Baghdad

Mohammed Ya Mohammed

Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman

Introduced by Fiona Talkington and Liliane Daoud from the BBC Arabic Service

Legendary Iraqi guitarist Ilham Al Madfai brings his hand-picked band to BBC Proms 2010.

20100821

Legendary Iraqi guitarist Ilham Al Madfai brings his hand-picked band to BBC Proms 2010.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Iconic Iraqi singer and guitarist Ilham Al Madfai 2010 brings his typical fusion of Arabic and Western music to the the Royal Albert Hall in London. One of the most popular musicians in his native country since the 1970s, Ilham's renown has spread across the Middle East and beyond in the last decade or so.

lham started out as something of an enfant terrible, brining cover versions of the Beatles and other Western pop bands to Iraq, then gradually incorporated more and more traditional Arabic music into his work, eventually becoming a musical symbol of Iraq’s turbulent fate.

Ilham is also keen to pass on his great musical experience to the young generation: so he is joined by his protege Khyam Allami, a young virtuoso on the oud, the classic Middle-Eastern lute.

Performers:
Ilham Al Madfai guitar/vocalist
Khyam Allami oud
Saro Kevorkian drum kit
Faisal Ghazi Dawood oriental percussion
Andrea Piccioni percussion
Omar Bashir oud
Azad Omar Mohammed ney
Jamil Al Asadi qanoon
Walid Kamel oriental percussion
Luca Scansani electric bass

World Service Broadcast programme:
Khuttar
Bien El Asir
Maqam Al-Khanabat
Baghdad
Mohammed Ya Mohammed
Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman

Introduced by Fiona Talkington and Liliane Daoud from the BBC Arabic Service

20100828
20100828

A celebration of the music of J.S.Bach.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we celebrate the works of one of the greatest Baroque composers and arguably the most influential figure in classical music Johann Sebastian Bach.

He revolutionised the musical scene with his vast range of rich and technically brilliant music including Air on a G String and Toccata and Fugue, and pushed the boundaries of voice and instruments.

Over the centuries his music has inspired many prominent composers and we’ll hear some of these thrilling works, with orchestral arrangements from Respighi, Stokowski and Malcolm Sargent, to the world premiere of a BBC Commission by Alissa Firsova.

J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, orch. Stokowski
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D Major – Air arr. Sargent
Alissa Firsova: Bach Allegro
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude “Wahet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” orch. by Bantock
J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, orch. Respighi

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Litton
The Prom is presented by Andrew McGregor with his guest, the composer Shirley Thompson.

20100904

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra play Mozart and Grieg

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we’ll be hearing works that were commissioned to celebrate the lives of two eminent men.

Mozart’s energetic Symphony no 35 in D major is known as the ‘Haffner’ Symphony and was written to mark the ennoblement of the Austrian Sigmund Haffner. The symphony has been described as one of his most brilliant and it’s a real testament to the time when he was able to finally establish himself in Vienna.

Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite was composed to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the 17th century Norwegian dramatist Ludvig Holberg. Using old French dances to span the centuries, it’s an interesting departure from his other popular works.
 
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Isabelle van Keulen: leader/director (pictured above)
The Prom is presented by Andrew McGregor with his guest, Irene Garland.

20100911

A Prom from a century ago: A recreation of The Last Night of the Proms from 1910.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We have a special concert today from the 2010 BBC Proms which takes us back one hundred years to the Last Night of the Proms of 1910.

We’ll enjoy the popular music of the time from composers such as Dorothy Forster who had one of the hits of that year with her song Mifanwy. We’ll hear an arrangement of Paganini’s virtuosic Moto Perpetuo by Percy Pitt, who was instrumental in getting the fledgling BBC involved with the Proms, as well as featuring old favourites such as Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no 4, which has endured across the century.

We also pay tribute to the driving force behind the Promenade concerts, who conducted this very Prom one hundred years ago - Sir Henry Wood.

Wagner: Overture - The Flying Dutchman
Beethoven: Rondino for wind octet
Paganini: Moto Perpetuo, arr. Percy Pitt
Dvorak: Humoresque orch. Henry Wood
German: Merrie England – Who were the Yeomen of England
Forster: Mifanwy
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No 4

BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Daniel (pictured above)

The Prom is presented by Louise Fryer with her guest, the writer and broadcaster Andrew Green.

01/08/200920090802

Prom 10: Akiko Suwanai - Virtuoso Violin Works

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 10: Akiko Suwanai - Virtuoso Violin Works

There is a real mix of cultures in this concert: a Spanish work by a Frenchman; a Spanish work by a Spaniard who spent most of his working life in France; and a work by a Japanese composer who loved French music best of all. And when it comes to performers, the spotlight falls on a virtuosic Japanese violinist, young Akiko Suwanai, who joins a French orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, with a conductor, Jun Maerkl, who is half Japanese. And all the works in the programme come from the time well before the concept of musical fusion became the latest ‘must have’ accessory for a musician!

World Service broadcast programme:
Takemitsu Green (First performance at the Proms)
Sarasate Concert Fantasy on Themes from ‘Carmen’
Ravel Tzigane
Ravel Rapsodie espagnole

Performers:
Akiko Suwanai violin
Orchestre National de Lyon
Jun Märkl conductor

04 September 201020100904

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we’ll be hearing works that were commissioned to celebrate the lives of two eminent men.

Mozart’s energetic Symphony no 35 in D major is known as the ‘Haffner’ Symphony and was written to mark the ennoblement of the Austrian Sigmund Haffner.

The symphony has been described as one of his most brilliant and it’s a real testament to the time when he was able to finally establish himself in Vienna.

Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite was composed to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the 17th century Norwegian dramatist Ludvig Holberg.

Using old French dances to span the centuries, it’s an interesting departure from his other popular works.

 

Mozart: Symphony No.

35 “Haffner”

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Isabelle van Keulen: leader/director (pictured above)

The Prom is presented by Andrew Mcgregor with his guest, Irene Garland.

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra play Mozart and Grieg

Mozart’s energetic Symphony no 35 in D major is known as the ‘Haffner’ Symphony and was written to mark the ennoblement of the Austrian Sigmund Haffner. The symphony has been described as one of his most brilliant and it’s a real testament to the time when he was able to finally establish himself in Vienna.

Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite was composed to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the 17th century Norwegian dramatist Ludvig Holberg. Using old French dances to span the centuries, it’s an interesting departure from his other popular works.

Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we’ll be hearing works that were commissioned to celebrate the lives of two eminent men.

Mozart’s energetic Symphony no 35 in D major is known as the ‘Haffner’ Symphony and was written to mark the ennoblement of the Austrian Sigmund Haffner.

The symphony has been described as one of his most brilliant and it’s a real testament to the time when he was able to finally establish himself in Vienna.

Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite was composed to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the 17th century Norwegian dramatist Ludvig Holberg.

Using old French dances to span the centuries, it’s an interesting departure from his other popular works.

 

Mozart: Symphony No.

35 “Haffner”

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

Isabelle van Keulen: leader/director (pictured above)

The Prom is presented by Andrew Mcgregor with his guest, Irene Garland.

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra play Mozart and Grieg

04 September 201020100905

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra play Mozart and Grieg

04/09/201020100905

The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra play Mozart and Grieg

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we’ll be hearing works that were commissioned to celebrate the lives of two eminent men.

Mozart’s energetic Symphony no 35 in D major is known as the ‘Haffner’ Symphony and was written to mark the ennoblement of the Austrian Sigmund Haffner. The symphony has been described as one of his most brilliant and it’s a real testament to the time when he was able to finally establish himself in Vienna.

Edvard Grieg’s beautiful Holberg Suite was composed to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the 17th century Norwegian dramatist Ludvig Holberg. Using old French dances to span the centuries, it’s an interesting departure from his other popular works.
 
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Isabelle van Keulen: leader/director (pictured above)
The Prom is presented by Andrew McGregor with his guest, Irene Garland.

05/09/200920090906

Prom 56: Lang Lang plays Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 56 The virtuosic Chinese pianist Lang Lang

At last year’s BBC Proms, the Royal Albert Hall was completely packed out with people eager to see the Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who, fresh from his appearance at the Bird’s Nest stadium in the Beijing Olympics, thrilled them all with his flamboyant showmanship and above all, his brilliant mastery of the piano. Lang Lang’s facility for Chopin was especially remarkable and in today’s Prom, he’s back to play one of Chopin’s own favourite pieces - the Piano Concerto no 2 in F minor - a virtuosic and romantically poetic work that ends with all the fire and passion of a Polish mazurka.

World Service broadcast programme:
Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in F minor

Performers:
Lang Lang, piano
Staatskapelle Dresden
Fabio Luisi, conductor

07/08/201020100808

Stephen Sonheim - a celebration of the greatest living musical composer and lyricist

07/08/201020100808

Stephen Sondheim - a celebration of the greatest living musical composer and lyricist

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We are celebrating the birthday of one of the greatest living composers and lyricists of musical theatre in today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms.

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year and over his long and distinguished career, he has continued to break the mould of the genre. During his early life he was tutored by the American musical theatre greats - having been mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II, he worked with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Julie Styne on Gypsy.

Describing himself as a ‘playwright in song’, he went on to revolutionize musical theatre, creating original, witty and often challenging shows.

His award winning musicals span from the demented demon barber of Fleet St, Sweeney Todd, married life in 1970s New York, Company, to Sunday in the Park with George based on the pointillist paintings of the 19th Century French artist Georges Seurat.

World Service broadcast programme
Sondheim: Fanfare, Invocation and Instructions - The Frogs
Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George
Sondheim: Agony – Into the Woods
Sondheim: Send in the Clowns – A Little Night Music
Sondheim: Epiphany – Sweeney Todd
Sondheim: A Little Priest – Sweeney Todd
Sondheim: Our Time – Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim: Being Alive – Company
Sondheim: Side by Side by Side –Company

Performers
Vocalist: Bryn Terfel
Vocalist: Maria Friedman
Vocalist: Simon Russell Beale
Vocalist: Judi Dench
Vocalist: Julian Ovenden
Vocalist: Caroline O’Connor
Vocalist: Daniel Evans
Vocalist: Jenna Russell

Proms Sondheim Ensemble
Singers from the BBC Performing Arts Fund
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Charles Abell, conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson.

08/08/200920090809

Prom 28: Mozart's Bassoon Concerto and Stravinsky's Scenes de Ballet.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 28 08/08/09 Bassoons and Broadway Ballets

The BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda are joined by the brilliant young Scottish bassoonist Karen Geoghegan, who was a popular runner-up in BBC TV’s Classical Star in 2007 and here makes her Proms debut in Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.

The celebrated partnership between Stravinsky and ballet impresario Diaghilev began a hundred years ago: we mark it with Stravinsky’s vibrant Scènes de Ballet originally written for the 1944 Broadway review “The Seven Lively Arts.” Despite describing it as “featherweight and sugared” Stravinsky boasted that he had received the substantial fee of $5,000 for a score lasting only 15 minutes.

World Service broadcast programme:
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major
Stravinsky: Scènes de ballet

Performers:
Karen Geoghegan, bassoon
BBC Philharmonic
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

11 September 201020100911

Highlights of the 2010 season of BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Last Night of the Proms 1910.

11 September 201020100912

Last Night of the Proms 1910.

Highlights of the 2010 season of BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

11/09/2010

11/09/201020100912

A Prom from a century ago: A recreation of The Last Night of the Proms from 1910.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We have a special concert today from the 2010 BBC Proms which takes us back one hundred years to the Last Night of the Proms of 1910.

We’ll enjoy the popular music of the time from composers such as Dorothy Forster who had one of the hits of that year with her song Mifanwy. We’ll hear an arrangement of Paganini’s virtuosic Moto Perpetuo by Percy Pitt, who was instrumental in getting the fledgling BBC involved with the Proms, as well as featuring old favourites such as Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March no 4, which has endured across the century.

We also pay tribute to the driving force behind the Promenade concerts, who conducted this very Prom one hundred years ago - Sir Henry Wood.

Wagner: Overture - The Flying Dutchman
Beethoven: Rondino for wind octet
Paganini: Moto Perpetuo, arr. Percy Pitt
Dvorak: Humoresque orch. Henry Wood
German: Merrie England – Who were the Yeomen of England
Forster: Mifanwy
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No 4

BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Daniel (pictured above)

The Prom is presented by Louise Fryer with her guest, the writer and broadcaster Andrew Green.

12/09/200920090913

Prom 61: Duparc's songs with Magdalena Ko\u017een\u00e1 and Ravel's Daphnis with Mariss Jansons

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

This Prom concert features the lustrous tones of the renowned Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená singing a handful of exquisite miniatures by the Frenchman Henri Duparc. She’s never committed these songs to disc, so this is a rare opportunity to hear her perform some real gems of the French song repertoire. And, best of all, she’s singing with the world-renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra who are currently at their peak, in the hands of the great Latvian maestro Mariss Jansons. He and the orchestra complete the Prom with a suite from Ravel’s glorious ballet Daphnis and Chloe, a score that simply shimmers with orchestral colour.

World Service broadcast programme:
Duparc -
L'invitation au voyage
Extase (orch. Pierre de Breville)
Le manoir de Rosemonde
Chanson triste
Phidylé

Ravel - Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2

Performers:
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

14/08/201020100815

Highlights of the 2010 season of BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

14/08/201020100815

The European Union Youth Orchestra play the narrative music of Tchaikovsky and Jan\u00e1\u010dek.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms, we’ll be enjoying music that’s been inspired by classic works of literature, as well as having a Russian flair to them as well.
Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet, has been described as his first masterpiece. Based on the famous Shakespeare play about the ill fated star crossed lovers, it contains one of the most famous love themes in classical music.

While Tchaikovsky set an English playwright’s work to music, the Czech composer Janáček turned to the Russians for his inspiration. Janáček loved Russian novels, setting many to music, and in today’s Prom we’ll be hearing his Rhapsody for Orchestra "Taras Bulba", based on the short story by Gogol about the rousing 17th century Cossack hero.

World Service Broadcast:

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture "Romeo and Juliet"

Janáček: Taras Bulba

European Union Youth Orchestra

Conductor: Matthias Bamert

The Prom is presented by Fiona Talkington with her guest, the composer Errollyn Wallen.

Illustration: European Union Youth Orchestra, courtesy of Photoshot

15/08/200920090816

Prom 32: A Celebration of Multiple Pianos.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

We’ve got two themes running through this Prom concert from the 2009 BBC Proms. As well as celebrating the delights of the piano - and not only one piano but two, we’ll be enjoying the music of a couple of France’s most eminent composers.

In Camille Saint-Saens’s zoological fantasy The Carnival of the Animals, he depicts a varied and unusual choice of animals. The cello is the elegant swan, the xylophone represents fossils, while the pianos become very convincing hens. But despite its popularity today, Saint-Saens never allowed a public performance of the whole piece during his lifetime.

We’ll also be hearing Gabriel Faure’s charming Dolly Suite which was originally written as a set of piano duets. This playful music is full of nostalgia for childhood and it’s therefore not surprising that it was inspired by a young girl – Helene Bardac, known as Dolly.

World Service broadcast programme

Faure, orch Rabaud: Dolly (suite)

Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals

Performers

Lidija and Sanja Bizjak, pianos

Britten Sinfonia

Ludovic Morlot, conductor

17/07/201020100718

Highlights from the First Night of the 2010 BBC Proms - Mahler's Symphony No.8.

17/07/201020100718

Highlights from the First Night of the 2010 BBC Proms - Mahler's Symphony No.8.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Six choirs, including one from Sydney, Australia, eight renowned soloists and a large symphony orchestra all join together under the baton of Czech conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek for the First Night of the 2010 season. Marking the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, they perform Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major which is often called his "Symphony of a Thousand" because of the number of musicians needed.

Photo of Jiří Bĕlohlávek by Clive Barda.

Performers:
Mardi Byers soprano
Twyla Robinson soprano
Malin Christensson soprano
Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano
Kelley O'Connor mezzo-soprano
Stefan Vinke tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann baritone
Tomasz Konieczny bass
Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral
Choristers of Westminster Abbey
Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Brett Weymark, conductor of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

18/07/200920090719

The First Night of the Proms 2009 on BBC World Service

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The First Night of the Proms: 18 - 19 July

The 2009 BBC Proms start with a bang – literally – as Stravinsky’s Fireworks begin a fizzing First Night Concert: a celebratory occasion blazing a trail for the season to come. It’s given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Chorus, musical forces that underpin the summer concert series, under the direction of their Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek. And there are plenty of visiting musicians too, top international artists, represented in this opening night extravaganza by French sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque. They’ll be playing Poulenc’s witty and iconoclastic Concerto for Two Pianos; another French composer Emmanuel Chabrier, provides an Ode to Music, sung by the young Irish soprano Aylish Tynan; and the secular celebrations are given a spiritual dimension with a psalm-setting by Anton Bruckner.

World Service broadcast programme
Stravinsky: Fireworks
Chabrier: Ode à la musique
Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos
Bruckner: Psalm 150

Performers
Ailish Tynan, soprano
Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor

21/08/201020100822

Legendary Iraqi guitarist Ilham Al Madfai brings his hand-picked band to BBC Proms 2010.

21/08/201020100822

Legendary Iraqi guitarist Ilham Al Madfai brings his hand-picked band to BBC Proms 2010.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Iconic Iraqi singer and guitarist Ilham Al Madfai 2010 brings his typical fusion of Arabic and Western music to the the Royal Albert Hall in London. One of the most popular musicians in his native country since the 1970s, Ilham's renown has spread across the Middle East and beyond in the last decade or so.

lham started out as something of an enfant terrible, brining cover versions of the Beatles and other Western pop bands to Iraq, then gradually incorporated more and more traditional Arabic music into his work, eventually becoming a musical symbol of Iraq’s turbulent fate.

Ilham is also keen to pass on his great musical experience to the young generation: so he is joined by his protege Khyam Allami, a young virtuoso on the oud, the classic Middle-Eastern lute.

Performers:
Ilham Al Madfai guitar/vocalist
Khyam Allami oud
Saro Kevorkian drum kit
Faisal Ghazi Dawood oriental percussion
Andrea Piccioni percussion
Omar Bashir oud
Azad Omar Mohammed ney
Jamil Al Asadi qanoon
Walid Kamel oriental percussion
Luca Scansani electric bass

World Service Broadcast programme:
Khuttar
Bien El Asir
Maqam Al-Khanabat
Baghdad
Mohammed Ya Mohammed
Chal Chal Alayea el Rumman

Introduced by Fiona Talkington and Liliane Daoud from the BBC Arabic Service

22/08/200920090823

Prom 44: Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Visiting musicians are always made extremely welcome at the BBC Proms and in this concert the Royal Albert Hall plays host to Hungary’s leading ensemble: the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Their 25-year partnership with conductor Ivan Fischer has proved to be a great success story in classical music - and the celebrated maestro will be bringing his musical vision to bear on Antonin Dvorak’s 7th Symphony. The Czech composer wrote the symphony 125 years ago, after a visit to London, when he was warmly received. The Symphony was first performed here a year later and continues to be hugely popular; it may not be his most well-known, but many people think it’s Dvorak’s best symphony: dark and dramatic, and deeply passionate.

World Service broadcast programme:
Dvorak: Symphony No.7

Performers:
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer, conductor

24/07/201020100725

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

24/07/201020100725

BBC Proms 2010 from the Royal Albert Hall in London: all-Beethoven concert with Paul Lewis

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The stalwarts of each Proms season, the BBC Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jiří Bĕlohlávek, feature in our second concert from the Proms. They are joined by pianist Paul Lewis (pictured), one of today's leading Beethoven interpreters, who plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major.

World Service broadcast programme:
Beethoven Overture 'Egmont'
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Paul Lewis piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and jazz pianist Julian Joseph.

25/07/200920090726

Prom 8: 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 8: 800th Anniversary of Cambridge University: 25-26 July

Cambridge University is one of the oldest in the world: this year it celebrates its 800th anniversary and festivities include this fabulous concert at the 2009 BBC Proms. The rich red interior of the RAH will be decked out instead in Cambridge colours, the distinctive light-blue, or at least many in the audience will be. Music, especially choral music, has been at the heart of Cambridge since its foundation and composers past and present are represented in a glorious musical programme performed by the choirs of no fewer than 16 Cambridge Colleges. We’ll hear Cambridge Alumnus Simon Keenlyside take the solo role in the Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with words by 17th century poet George Herbert, who also went to Cambridge; and Andrew Davies - another Cambridge graduate - conducts the BBC SO. Music too by Charles Villiers Stanford and by living composer Jonathan Harvey.

World Service broadcast programme
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Stanford: Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A major
Harvey: Come, Holy Ghost*

Performers
Simon Keenlyside baritone
Choirs of King's and St John's colleges
Choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius, and Trinity colleges
Choirs from combined Cambridge colleges
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Andrew Nethsingha* conductor

28/08/201020100829

Highlights of the 2010 season of BBC Proms concerts from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

28/08/201020100829

A celebration of the music of J.S.Bach.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

In today’s concert from the 2010 BBC Proms we celebrate the works of one of the greatest Baroque composers and arguably the most influential figure in classical music Johann Sebastian Bach.

He revolutionised the musical scene with his vast range of rich and technically brilliant music including Air on a G String and Toccata and Fugue, and pushed the boundaries of voice and instruments.

Over the centuries his music has inspired many prominent composers and we’ll hear some of these thrilling works, with orchestral arrangements from Respighi, Stokowski and Malcolm Sargent, to the world premiere of a BBC Commission by Alissa Firsova.

J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, orch. Stokowski
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D Major – Air arr. Sargent
Alissa Firsova: Bach Allegro
J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude “Wahet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” orch. by Bantock
J.S. Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, orch. Respighi

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Litton
The Prom is presented by Andrew McGregor with his guest, the composer Shirley Thompson.

29/08/200920090830

Prom 53: Joyce DiDonato sings music by anniversary composers Haydn and Handel.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Prom 53  A celebration of Handel and Haydn

We celebrate the anniversaries of two legendary composers in our concert today from the 2009 BBC Proms.

This year is the 250th anniversary of the death of George Frideric Handel. We’ll be marking the occasion by hearing one of his most famous pieces – Water Music, Suite no.2 in D major, which was originally performed for King George I while he travelled with guests in his barge on the River Thames in London.

We’ll also be hearing two beautiful arias from Handel’s operas, Xerxes and Alcina, sung today by the American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato.

And Joyce will also be performing Joseph Haydn’s haunting “Scena di Berenice”. It’s been described as one of the great eighteenth century concert arias and is therefore a fitting way to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of its composer, Haydn.

World Service broadcast programme:
Handel: Xerxes – Ombra mai fu
Handel: Alcina – Ah, mio cor!
Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 2 in D major
Haydn: Scena di Berenice

Performers:
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

31/07/201020100801

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

31/07/201020100801

BBC Philharmonic at the 2010 BBC Proms: Schumann, Dvorak and Johann Strauss II.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

The BBC Philharmonic, one of UK's most distinguished orchestras, brings a varied programme to the Royal Albert Hall under the baton of their Principal Guest conductor Vassily Sinaisky. To start with, an orchestral work by Robert Schumann which is a three-movement symphony in all but name. Towards the end of the programme, a couple of very popular dances from the pen of the Viennese king of the waltz Johann Strauss the Younger. And in between, a tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras who was originally scheduled to conduct the concert but who sadly passed away just a few days before this Proms season began.

World Service Broadcast programme:

Schumann - Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op. 52
Dvořák - Slavonic Dance in E minor Op.72 No.2
J. Strauss II - Emperor Waltz
J. Strauss II - By the Beautiful Blue Danube

BBC Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky conductor

Introduced by the BBC's Louise Fryer and Austrian broadcaster and songwriter Robert Rotifer.

Playing with the Enemy20100912

Daniel Barenboim conducts West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Tchaikovsky\u2019s 4th Symphonye

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Can something as ephemeral as classical music help us to replace ignorance with understanding, to humanize the other, to imagine a better future? 16 years after the original ‘experiment in coexistence’ which brought together musicians from the Arab world and Israel, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has blossomed into a clear demonstration of the power of music-making to truly transcend boundaries.
BBC’s Samira Ahmed is joined by Lukas Pairon whose Music Fund works closely with Daniel Barenboim and has donated thousands of classical instruments to young musicians in Palestine, Israel and beyond.

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
The origins of the West-Eastern Divan lie in the conversations between its founders, Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. Over the course of their great friendship, the Palestinian author/scholar and Israeli conductor/pianist discussed ideas on music, culture and humanity. In their exchanges, they realized the urgent need for an alternative way to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The opportunity to do this came when Barenboim and Said initiated the first workshop using their experience as a model. This evolved into the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra that global audiences know today.
The West-Eastern Divan is nearly impossible. By bringing together Arab and Israeli musicians, it defies fierce political divides in the Middle East. Three years after it was established, the orchestra was given a home in Seville by the regional Spanish government of Andalusia. The area’s history as a centre for sustained coexistence among Muslims, Christians and Jews in Europe continues in the West-Eastern Divan’s rehearsals and discussions.
Since its earliest years, one of the West-Eastern Divan’s goals has been to perform in all countries represented by its musicians. Eventually, its aspiration is to be the premier orchestra of the Middle East, an opportunity for the great talent from the region to shine. In this spirit, the orchestra and its humanitarian vision will continue its journey.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
There is emotionally charged music, and then there is Tchaikovsky. The fiery, angry heights and the depth of despair of his music have rarely been matched: perhaps this explains the enduring popularity of Tchaikovsky's last three symphonies. In its formal design too, the Fourth is daring, with a long passionate first movement which dominates the whole work.
We should be wary of drawing too close a parallel between a composer's life and his music, after all Tchaikovsky was perpetually concerned about his musical craft. And yet, there is no doubt that his personal life was very turbulent at the time when he wrote the Fourth. In a letter to his benefactress Nadezhda von Meck, written after the score had been completed, he sketched out the ideas behind the individual movements.
The introduction is the seed of the whole symphony, beyond question the main idea. This is Fate, the fatal force which prevents our hopes of happiness from being realized…..One must submit to it and to futile yearnings. The gloomy, despairing feeling grows stronger and more burning. Would it not be better to turn away from reality and plunge into dreams? O, joy! At last a sweet and tender vision appears. .. Little by little, dreams have completely enveloped the soul. All that was gloomy, joyless is forgotten. It is here, it is here, happiness! No! These were dreams, and Fate awakens us harshly. Thus, life is a perpetual alternation between grim reality and transient dreams and reveries of happiness. There is no haven. Drift upon that sea until it engulfs and submerges you in its depths.

After the trauma and rage of the first movement, seemingly simple pleasures follow in movements 2 & 3, and then…

Fourth movement. If you find no cause for joy within yourself, look for it in others. Go to the people…..A picture of festive popular rejoicing. Scarcely has one forgotten oneself and been carried away at the sight of someone else’s pleasure than indefatigable Fate returns again and reminds you of yourself. But others pay no heed to you. They do not even turn round, they do not glance at you and do not notice how lonely and gloomy you are.... Reproach yourself and do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other’s rejoicing. To live is still bearable.

From a letter by Peter Tchaikovsky to Nadezhda von Meck. Quoted in John Warrack,Tchaikovsky, Hamish Hamilton, 1973, pp. 134-136.

Was all this meant to be autobiographical, or merely expressing broader human concerns? Or perhaps an attempt at putting into words something that’s essentially impossible to write about? After all, music, Tchaikovsky writes in another letter, reveals to us beauties we find in no other sphere ... it is extremely difficult to analyse and define the process of musical enjoyment.

The Last Night Of The Proms 200920090913

Highlights from Last Night of the Proms with soloists Sarah Connolly and Alison Balsom.

Highlights from the 2010 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

How do you combine high-calibre music making with uproarious fun and with the sense of national pride? And how do you balance traditions which have been established for half a century or more with the desire to bring something new to the programme? These are some the questions every Proms director has to grapple with when it comes to the Last Night of the Proms, a concert that in the minds of many is the focal point for the whole season of more than 100 concerts.
This year the serious side of the proceedings is supplied by singer Sarah Connolly in what’s perhaps the best known work by Purcell, innovations come in the shape of Oliver Knussen’s affectionate nod to Stravinsky’s Fireworks and in the original orchestration of Parry’s Jerusalem which replaces the established version by Elgar. And the fun element? Well, how often do you hear three vacuum cleaners and a floor polisher in an orchestral work …

World Service broadcast programme:
Oliver Knussen - Flourish with Fireworks
Purcell Dido and Aeneas – 'Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth' (Dido's Lament); 'With drooping wings ye cupids come'
Arnold - A Grand, Grand Overture
Piazzolla - Libertango
Arne, arr. Sargent- Rule, Britannia!
Parry - Jerusalem
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

Performers:
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Alison Balsom, trumpet
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson, conductor

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