BBC Proms 2016 [world Service]

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01Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016073020160731 (WS)

New symphonic version of a classic Russian ballet score

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

The 2016 season of BBC World Service broadcasts from this year's Proms opens with Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most dramatic and colourful of all ballets. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may be the best-known tragic love story in Western drama but that didn't stop the ever-innovative Prokofiev experimenting with alternative endings. He was lured back to Moscow from his long Western exile with promises of fame and lavish commissions, but it was the highly expressive style of Rudolf Nureyev, and his now legendary performances in London in the 1960s, which drew the public's attention to the power and originality of Prokofiev's score.

The programme is hosted by one of BBC Radio 3’s expert presenters, Andrew McGregor, who will be joined by Marina Frolova-Walker, Russian professor in Music History at Cambridge University who specialises in the music of the Soviet era.

Image: Conductor Jac van Steen performing the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

01Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016073020160731 (WS)

New symphonic version of a classic Russian ballet score

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor)

The 2016 season of BBC World Service broadcasts from this year's Proms opens with Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most dramatic and colourful of all ballets. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may be the best-known tragic love story in Western drama but that didn't stop the ever-innovative Prokofiev experimenting with alternative endings. He was lured back to Moscow from his long Western exile with promises of fame and lavish commissions, but it was the highly expressive style of Rudolf Nureyev, and his now legendary performances in London in the 1960s, which drew the public's attention to the power and originality of Prokofiev's score.

The programme is hosted by one of BBC Radio 3’s expert presenters, Andrew McGregor, who will be joined by Marina Frolova-Walker, Russian professor in Music History at Cambridge University who specialises in the music of the Soviet era.

Image: Conductor Jac van Steen performing the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

01Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160730

New symphonic version of a classic Russian ballet score

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor)

The 2016 season of BBC World Service broadcasts from this year's Proms opens with Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most dramatic and colourful of all ballets. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet may be the best-known tragic love story in Western drama but that didn't stop the ever-innovative Prokofiev experimenting with alternative endings. He was lured back to Moscow from his long Western exile with promises of fame and lavish commissions, but it was the highly expressive style of Rudolf Nureyev, and his now legendary performances in London in the 1960s, which drew the public's attention to the power and originality of Prokofiev's score.

The programme is hosted by one of BBC Radio 3’s expert presenters, Andrew McGregor, who will be joined by Marina Frolova-Walker, Russian professor in Music History at Cambridge University who specialises in the music of the Soviet era.

Image: Conductor Jac van Steen performing the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Credit: BBC/Chris Christodoulou

02Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016080620160807 (WS)

BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toward the Unknown Region

Ray Chen (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Andrew Davis

A violinists' favourite throughout the 150 years since its premiere, Bruch's Violin Concerto seems custom-made for the Taiwan-born virtuoso Ray Chen. Brought up in Australia and schooled in the US, Chen exemplifies a new generation of classical soloists who reach their audiences by traditional mastery of their instrument and sell-out concerts in both established and new venues, as well as through prolific use of online tools. Chen has a huge following on social media and SoundCloud, writes a blog for a leading Italian daily and has the likes of Armani dress him for the stage.

Toward the Unknown Region was the earliest critical and popular success for Vaughan Williams. Inspired by the freedom-loving poetry of Walt Whitman, the work has lost none of its visionary appeal in the century that has elapsed since its premiere.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor is joined by by Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady, the artistic director of the Ruthless Jabiru ensemble.

(Photo: Violinist Ray Chen makes his BBC Proms debut with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

Acclaimed young Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso makes his Proms debut

Acclaimed young Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso makes his Proms debut

BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toward the Unknown Region

Ray Chen (violin)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Andrew Davis

A violinists' favourite throughout the 150 years since its premiere, Bruch's Violin Concerto seems custom-made for the Taiwan-born virtuoso Ray Chen. Brought up in Australia and schooled in the US, Chen exemplifies a new generation of classical soloists who reach their audiences by traditional mastery of their instrument and sell-out concerts in both established and new venues, as well as through prolific use of online tools. Chen has a huge following on social media and SoundCloud, writes a blog for a leading Italian daily and has the likes of Armani dress him for the stage.

Toward the Unknown Region was the earliest critical and popular success for Vaughan Williams. Inspired by the freedom-loving poetry of Walt Whitman, the work has lost none of its visionary appeal in the century that has elapsed since its premiere.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor is joined by by Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady, the artistic director of the Ruthless Jabiru ensemble.

(Photo: Violinist Ray Chen makes his BBC Proms debut with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

02Ray Chen plays Bruch's Violin Concerto - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016080620160807 (WS)

Acclaimed young Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso makes his Proms debut

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toward the Unknown Region
Ray Chen (violin)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Davis

A violinists' favourite throughout the 150 years since its premiere, Bruch's Violin Concerto seems custom-made for the Taiwan-born virtuoso Ray Chen. Brought up in Australia and schooled in the US, Chen exemplifies a new generation of classical soloists who reach their audiences by traditional mastery of their instrument and sell-out concerts in both established and new venues, as well as through prolific use of online tools. Chen has a huge following on social media and SoundCloud, writes a blog for a leading Italian daily and has the likes of Armani dress him for the stage.

Toward the Unknown Region was the earliest critical and popular success for Vaughan Williams. Inspired by the freedom-loving poetry of Walt Whitman, the work has lost none of its visionary appeal in the century that has elapsed since its premiere.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor is joined by by Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady, the artistic director of the Ruthless Jabiru ensemble.

(Photo: Violinist Ray Chen makes his BBC Proms debut with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

02Ray Chen plays Bruch's Violin Concerto - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160806

Acclaimed young Taiwanese-Australian violin virtuoso makes his Proms debut

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Toward the Unknown Region
Ray Chen (violin)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Andrew Davis

A violinists' favourite throughout the 150 years since its premiere, Bruch's Violin Concerto seems custom-made for the Taiwan-born virtuoso Ray Chen. Brought up in Australia and schooled in the US, Chen exemplifies a new generation of classical soloists who reach their audiences by traditional mastery of their instrument and sell-out concerts in both established and new venues, as well as through prolific use of online tools. Chen has a huge following on social media and SoundCloud, writes a blog for a leading Italian daily and has the likes of Armani dress him for the stage.

Toward the Unknown Region was the earliest critical and popular success for Vaughan Williams. Inspired by the freedom-loving poetry of Walt Whitman, the work has lost none of its visionary appeal in the century that has elapsed since its premiere.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor is joined by by Australian conductor Kelly Lovelady, the artistic director of the Ruthless Jabiru ensemble.

(Photo: Violinist Ray Chen makes his BBC Proms debut with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Credit: Chris Christodoulou)

03Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016081320160814 (WS)

Michelle Williams presenter/ singer

Israel J. Allen singer

Tehillah Daniel singer

Dawn Thomas Wallace singer

YolanDa Brown saxophone

Niji Adeleye keyboards/MD

London Adventist Chorale, Ken Burton chorus-master

London Community Gospel Choir, Bazil Meade chorus-master

Muyiwa and Riversongz

Noel Robinson

Nu Image

V9 Collective

Volney Morgan and New-Ye

University Gospel Choir of the Year Mass Choir

Karen Gibson conductor

Some of the best British gospel musicians come together to showcase their talent and join forces to create a unique ‘UK Gospel Super Choir’. They also pay tribute to the legacy of one of Gospel music’s greatest pioneers, Andrae Crouch. The evening is hosted by global superstar Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child).

The concert is introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker and the Tanzanian-born pianist and conductor Alexander Douglas who has a special interest in jazz and gospel music.

A celebration of the best in contemporary British gospel music.

A celebration of the best in contemporary British gospel music.

Michelle Williams presenter/ singer

Israel J. Allen singer

Tehillah Daniel singer

Dawn Thomas Wallace singer

YolanDa Brown saxophone

Niji Adeleye keyboards/MD

London Adventist Chorale, Ken Burton chorus-master

London Community Gospel Choir, Bazil Meade chorus-master

Muyiwa and Riversongz

Noel Robinson

Nu Image

V9 Collective

Volney Morgan and New-Ye

University Gospel Choir of the Year Mass Choir

Karen Gibson conductor

Some of the best British gospel musicians come together to showcase their talent and join forces to create a unique ‘UK Gospel Super Choir’. They also pay tribute to the legacy of one of Gospel music’s greatest pioneers, Andrae Crouch. The evening is hosted by global superstar Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child).

The concert is introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker and the Tanzanian-born pianist and conductor Alexander Douglas who has a special interest in jazz and gospel music.

03Gospel Prom - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016081320160814 (WS)

A celebration of the best in contemporary British gospel music.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Michelle Williams presenter/ singer
Israel J. Allen singer
Tehillah Daniel singer
Dawn Thomas Wallace singer
YolanDa Brown saxophone
Niji Adeleye keyboards/MD
London Adventist Chorale, Ken Burton chorus-master
London Community Gospel Choir, Bazil Meade chorus-master
Muyiwa & Riversongz
Noel Robinson
Nu Image
V9 Collective
Volney Morgan & New-Ye
University Gospel Choir of the Year Mass Choir
Karen Gibson conductor

Some of the best British gospel musicians come together to showcase their talent and join forces to create a unique ‘UK Gospel Super Choir’. They also pay tribute to the legacy of one of Gospel music’s greatest pioneers, Andrae Crouch. The evening is hosted by global superstar Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child).

The concert is introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker and the Tanzanian-born pianist and conductor Alexander Douglas who has a special interest in jazz and gospel music.

03Gospel Prom - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160813

A celebration of the best in contemporary British gospel music.

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

Michelle Williams presenter/ singer
Israel J. Allen singer
Tehillah Daniel singer
Dawn Thomas Wallace singer
YolanDa Brown saxophone
Niji Adeleye keyboards/MD
London Adventist Chorale, Ken Burton chorus-master
London Community Gospel Choir, Bazil Meade chorus-master
Muyiwa & Riversongz
Noel Robinson
Nu Image
V9 Collective
Volney Morgan & New-Ye
University Gospel Choir of the Year Mass Choir
Karen Gibson conductor

Some of the best British gospel musicians come together to showcase their talent and join forces to create a unique ‘UK Gospel Super Choir’. They also pay tribute to the legacy of one of Gospel music’s greatest pioneers, Andrae Crouch. The evening is hosted by global superstar Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child).

The concert is introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Sarah Walker and the Tanzanian-born pianist and conductor Alexander Douglas who has a special interest in jazz and gospel music.

04Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016082020160821 (WS)

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1

WAGNER: Tannhäuser, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overtures

Martha Argerich (piano)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Iconic pianist Martha Argerich performs at the Proms with Daniel Barenboim’s pioneering orchestra of players from all over the Middle East. After Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic First Piano Concerto, Barenboim, who has made Wagner’s music one of the cornerstones of his repertoire, concludes with stirring excerpts from two of the composer’s best-loved operas.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor introduces the concert together with fellow presenter Clemency Burton-Hill who is also an accomplished violinist and toured with the West Eastern Divan.

Photo: Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman

Legendary pianist performs with an orchestra of young people from the Middle East

Legendary pianist performs with an orchestra of young people from the Middle East

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1

WAGNER: Tannhäuser, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overtures

Martha Argerich (piano)

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Iconic pianist Martha Argerich performs at the Proms with Daniel Barenboim’s pioneering orchestra of players from all over the Middle East. After Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic First Piano Concerto, Barenboim, who has made Wagner’s music one of the cornerstones of his repertoire, concludes with stirring excerpts from two of the composer’s best-loved operas.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor introduces the concert together with fellow presenter Clemency Burton-Hill who is also an accomplished violinist and toured with the West Eastern Divan.

Photo: Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman

04Martha Argerich and the West\u2013Eastern Divan Orchestra - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016082020160821 (WS)

Legendary pianist performs with an orchestra of young people from the Middle East

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1
WAGNER: Tannhäuser, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overtures
Martha Argerich (piano)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Iconic pianist Martha Argerich performs at the Proms with Daniel Barenboim’s pioneering orchestra of players from all over the Middle East. After Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic First Piano Concerto, Barenboim, who has made Wagner’s music one of the cornerstones of his repertoire, concludes with stirring excerpts from two of the composer’s best-loved operas.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor introduces the concert together with fellow presenter Clemency Burton-Hill who is also an accomplished violinist and toured with the West Eastern Divan.

Photo: Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman

04Martha Argerich and the West\u2013Eastern Divan Orchestra - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160820

Legendary pianist performs with an orchestra of young people from the Middle East

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1
WAGNER: Tannhäuser, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overtures
Martha Argerich (piano)
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Iconic pianist Martha Argerich performs at the Proms with Daniel Barenboim’s pioneering orchestra of players from all over the Middle East. After Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic First Piano Concerto, Barenboim, who has made Wagner’s music one of the cornerstones of his repertoire, concludes with stirring excerpts from two of the composer’s best-loved operas.

BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor introduces the concert together with fellow presenter Clemency Burton-Hill who is also an accomplished violinist and toured with the West Eastern Divan.

Photo: Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman

05A Brazilian Night at the Proms - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016082720160828 (WS)

A celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

NOBRE: Kabbalah, Op. 96
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 - Prelude

SIVUCA and GADELHA/ DOMINGUINHOS and GIL: Lamento Sertanejo / Feira De Mangaio (Medley)
MONTERO: Solo Piano Improvisation
JOBIM and DE MORAES, arr. Deodato: Garota de Ipanema
VELOSO, arr. Duprat: Tropicália
PASCHOAL/GISMONTI, arr. Mehmari: Bebê / Frevo (Medley)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
São Paulo Jazz Symphony
Conducted by Marin Alsop

An exuberant score full of dance rhythms by the contemporary composer Marlos Nobre is followed by an exquisite example of Brazilian melancholy, saudade, from the pen of the man who put Brazil on the musical map, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Later on, players from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are joined by members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years.

Introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Brazilian singer and songwriter Monica Vasconcelos.

05A Brazilian Night at the Proms - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160827

A celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

NOBRE: Kabbalah, Op. 96
VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 - Prelude

SIVUCA and GADELHA/ DOMINGUINHOS and GIL: Lamento Sertanejo / Feira De Mangaio (Medley)
MONTERO: Solo Piano Improvisation
JOBIM and DE MORAES, arr. Deodato: Garota de Ipanema
VELOSO, arr. Duprat: Tropicália
PASCHOAL/GISMONTI, arr. Mehmari: Bebê / Frevo (Medley)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
São Paulo Jazz Symphony
Conducted by Marin Alsop

An exuberant score full of dance rhythms by the contemporary composer Marlos Nobre is followed by an exquisite example of Brazilian melancholy, saudade, from the pen of the man who put Brazil on the musical map, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Later on, players from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are joined by members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years.

Introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Brazilian singer and songwriter Monica Vasconcelos.

05Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016082720160828 (WS)

NOBRE: Kabbalah, Op. 96

VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 - Prelude

SIVUCA and GADELHA/ DOMINGUINHOS and GIL: Lamento Sertanejo / Feira De Mangaio (Medley)

MONTERO: Solo Piano Improvisation

JOBIM and DE MORAES, arr. Deodato: Garota de Ipanema

VELOSO, arr. Duprat: Tropicália

PASCHOAL/GISMONTI, arr. Mehmari: Bebê / Frevo (Medley)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

São Paulo Jazz Symphony

Conducted by Marin Alsop

An exuberant score full of dance rhythms by the contemporary composer Marlos Nobre is followed by an exquisite example of Brazilian melancholy, saudade, from the pen of the man who put Brazil on the musical map, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Later on, players from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are joined by members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years.

Introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Brazilian singer and songwriter Monica Vasconcelos.

A celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years

A celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years

NOBRE: Kabbalah, Op. 96

VILLA-LOBOS: Bachianas brasileiras No. 4 - Prelude

SIVUCA and GADELHA/ DOMINGUINHOS and GIL: Lamento Sertanejo / Feira De Mangaio (Medley)

MONTERO: Solo Piano Improvisation

JOBIM and DE MORAES, arr. Deodato: Garota de Ipanema

VELOSO, arr. Duprat: Tropicália

PASCHOAL/GISMONTI, arr. Mehmari: Bebê / Frevo (Medley)

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

São Paulo Jazz Symphony

Conducted by Marin Alsop

An exuberant score full of dance rhythms by the contemporary composer Marlos Nobre is followed by an exquisite example of Brazilian melancholy, saudade, from the pen of the man who put Brazil on the musical map, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Later on, players from the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor Marin Alsop are joined by members of the São Paulo Jazz Symphony Orchestra for a landmark celebration of Brazilian popular music from the past 100 years.

Introduced by BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor and Brazilian singer and songwriter Monica Vasconcelos.

06Andras Schiff plays Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016090320160904 (WS)

The grandest of all Classical concertos played by one of today\u2019s most esteemed pianists

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, ‘'Emperor’'
SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major, D 899 (encore)

András Schiff (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, conducted by one of its closest collaborators, joins forces with Sir András Schiff to perform Beethoven's magisterial Fifth Piano Concerto.
Few composers have altered the course of Western music as radically as Beethoven: not only did he revolutionise the sound of the piano and the orchestra, greatly expanding their expressive possibilities, he also transformed the fundamental idea of who a composer was. He turned someone who essentially provided music for a specific occasion or entertainment into a man whose art addressed some of humanity's deepest thoughts and loftiest ideals. This shift was quickly recognised by his contemporaries: the writer E.T.A Hoffmann said that Beethoven's music 'unveils before us the realm of the mighty and the immeasurable.'

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Richard Wigmore, writer and broadcaster with a special interest in the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries in 18th and 19th Century Vienna.

06Andras Schiff plays Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service20160903

The grandest of all Classical concertos played by one of today\u2019s most esteemed pianists

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, ‘'Emperor’'
SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major, D 899 (encore)

András Schiff (piano)
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, conducted by one of its closest collaborators, joins forces with Sir András Schiff to perform Beethoven's magisterial Fifth Piano Concerto.
Few composers have altered the course of Western music as radically as Beethoven: not only did he revolutionise the sound of the piano and the orchestra, greatly expanding their expressive possibilities, he also transformed the fundamental idea of who a composer was. He turned someone who essentially provided music for a specific occasion or entertainment into a man whose art addressed some of humanity's deepest thoughts and loftiest ideals. This shift was quickly recognised by his contemporaries: the writer E.T.A Hoffmann said that Beethoven's music 'unveils before us the realm of the mighty and the immeasurable.'

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Richard Wigmore, writer and broadcaster with a special interest in the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries in 18th and 19th Century Vienna.

06Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016090320160904 (WS)

The grandest of all Classical concertos played by one of today’s most esteemed pianists

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, ‘'Emperor’'

SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major, D 899 (encore)

András Schiff (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, conducted by one of its closest collaborators, joins forces with Sir András Schiff to perform Beethoven's magisterial Fifth Piano Concerto.

Few composers have altered the course of Western music as radically as Beethoven: not only did he revolutionise the sound of the piano and the orchestra, greatly expanding their expressive possibilities, he also transformed the fundamental idea of who a composer was. He turned someone who essentially provided music for a specific occasion or entertainment into a man whose art addressed some of humanity's deepest thoughts and loftiest ideals. This shift was quickly recognised by his contemporaries: the writer E.T.A Hoffmann said that Beethoven's music 'unveils before us the realm of the mighty and the immeasurable.'

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Richard Wigmore, writer and broadcaster with a special interest in the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries in 18th and 19th Century Vienna.

The grandest of all Classical concertos played by one of today’s most esteemed pianists

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, ‘'Emperor’'

SCHUBERT: Impromptu No. 2 in E-flat major, D 899 (encore)

András Schiff (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Conducted by Herbert Blomstedt

One of the world’s oldest orchestras, conducted by one of its closest collaborators, joins forces with Sir András Schiff to perform Beethoven's magisterial Fifth Piano Concerto.

Few composers have altered the course of Western music as radically as Beethoven: not only did he revolutionise the sound of the piano and the orchestra, greatly expanding their expressive possibilities, he also transformed the fundamental idea of who a composer was. He turned someone who essentially provided music for a specific occasion or entertainment into a man whose art addressed some of humanity's deepest thoughts and loftiest ideals. This shift was quickly recognised by his contemporaries: the writer E.T.A Hoffmann said that Beethoven's music 'unveils before us the realm of the mighty and the immeasurable.'

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Richard Wigmore, writer and broadcaster with a special interest in the music of Beethoven and his contemporaries in 18th and 19th Century Vienna.

07Bbc Proms 2016 On The World Service2016091020160911 (WS)

Simon Rattle conducts the much loved dance miniatures that made Dvorak a household name

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances op.46 (selection)

Julian ANDERSON: Incantesimi (UK premiere)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

One of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras returns to the Proms with its charismatic music chief conductor and artistic director to perform some of the most toe-tapping music written in the 19th Century - Dvorak’ Slavonic Dances - and a new work by contemporary British composer by Julian Anderson.

In Dvorak's lifetime, sheet music for piano, especially arrangements designed to be played by two people, was the equivalent of today's online streaming: a relatively inexpensive way for music lovers to find out what is new and for the composer, a modest source of income and potential vehicle for renown. So when in 1878 the well-known publishing house of Simrock printed the first set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, their success with the piano-playing public quickly led to a request to turn them into the colourful orchestral version we hear in this BBC Prom concert.

And, to underscore the Proms' continuing commitment to present the best music of today, we hear a new work from one of UK's most talented composers.

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Alpesh Chauhan, former assistant conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a young musician inspired by the remarkable successes that Simon Rattle enjoyed with the CBSO during the formative years of his career.

(Photo: Sir Simon Rattle. Credit: Mat Henneck/EMI)

Simon Rattle conducts the much loved dance miniatures that made Dvorak a household name

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances op.46 (selection)

Julian ANDERSON: Incantesimi (UK premiere)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

One of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras returns to the Proms with its charismatic music chief conductor and artistic director to perform some of the most toe-tapping music written in the 19th Century - Dvorak’ Slavonic Dances - and a new work by contemporary British composer by Julian Anderson.

In Dvorak's lifetime, sheet music for piano, especially arrangements designed to be played by two people, was the equivalent of today's online streaming: a relatively inexpensive way for music lovers to find out what is new and for the composer, a modest source of income and potential vehicle for renown. So when in 1878 the well-known publishing house of Simrock printed the first set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, their success with the piano-playing public quickly led to a request to turn them into the colourful orchestral version we hear in this BBC Prom concert.

And, to underscore the Proms' continuing commitment to present the best music of today, we hear a new work from one of UK's most talented composers.

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Alpesh Chauhan, former assistant conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a young musician inspired by the remarkable successes that Simon Rattle enjoyed with the CBSO during the formative years of his career.

(Photo: Sir Simon Rattle. Credit: Mat Henneck/EMI)

07Dvorak's Slavonic Dances with the Berlin Philharmonic - BBC Proms 2017 on the World Service2016091020160911 (WS)

Simon Rattle conducts the much loved dance miniatures that made Dvorak a household name

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances op.46 (selection)
Julian ANDERSON: Incantesimi (UK premiere)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

One of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras returns to the Proms with its charismatic music chief conductor and artistic director to perform some of the most toe-tapping music written in the 19th Century - Dvorak’ Slavonic Dances - and a new work by contemporary British composer by Julian Anderson.

In Dvorak's lifetime, sheet music for piano, especially arrangements designed to be played by two people, was the equivalent of today's online streaming: a relatively inexpensive way for music lovers to find out what is new and for the composer, a modest source of income and potential vehicle for renown. So when in 1878 the well-known publishing house of Simrock printed the first set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, their success with the piano-playing public quickly led to a request to turn them into the colourful orchestral version we hear in this BBC Prom concert.

And, to underscore the Proms' continuing commitment to present the best music of today, we hear a new work from one of UK's most talented composers.

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Alpesh Chauhan, former assistant conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a young musician inspired by the remarkable successes that Simon Rattle enjoyed with the CBSO during the formative years of his career.

(Photo: Sir Simon Rattle. Credit: Mat Henneck/EMI)

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Simon Rattle conducts the much loved dance miniatures that made Dvorak a household name

Highlights from the 2017 season of BBC Proms, the UK's greatest classical music festival.

DVORAK: Slavonic Dances op.46 (selection)
Julian ANDERSON: Incantesimi (UK premiere)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

One of Europe’s most distinguished orchestras returns to the Proms with its charismatic music chief conductor and artistic director to perform some of the most toe-tapping music written in the 19th Century - Dvorak’ Slavonic Dances - and a new work by contemporary British composer by Julian Anderson.

In Dvorak's lifetime, sheet music for piano, especially arrangements designed to be played by two people, was the equivalent of today's online streaming: a relatively inexpensive way for music lovers to find out what is new and for the composer, a modest source of income and potential vehicle for renown. So when in 1878 the well-known publishing house of Simrock printed the first set of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, their success with the piano-playing public quickly led to a request to turn them into the colourful orchestral version we hear in this BBC Prom concert.

And, to underscore the Proms' continuing commitment to present the best music of today, we hear a new work from one of UK's most talented composers.

BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor is joined by Alpesh Chauhan, former assistant conductor at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a young musician inspired by the remarkable successes that Simon Rattle enjoyed with the CBSO during the formative years of his career.

(Photo: Sir Simon Rattle. Credit: Mat Henneck/EMI)