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Pcm 8: Elias String Quartet With Alice Neary20170910

Another chance to hear the Elias Quartet and Alice Neary play Schubert's String Quintet.

The Elias Quartet are joined by cellist Alice Neary to perform Schubert's String Quintet.

From Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Elias String Quartet
Alice Neary (cello)

Schubert's final chamber work is a piece of sublime beauty, a masterpiece of the repertoire composed only two months before the composer's death at the age of just 31. Instead of the additional viola preferred by Mozart and Beethoven in their string quintets, Schubert adds a second cello, to create a work of sonorous beauty. From its expansive opening Allegro and the fragile beauty of the Adagio to its exuberant Scherzo and good-humoured closing Allegretto, this is a work of boundless invention and charm. Former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Elias String Quartet are joined by cellist Alice Neary.

Prom 33 Repeat: Grieg, Sibelius, Schumann And Hindemith20170813

The BBC Philharmonic with music by Grieg, Sibelius, Schumann and Hindemith.

At BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic and conductor John Storgards with soprano Lise Davidsen and cellist Alban Gerhardt in Grieg, Sibelius, Schumann and Hindemith.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Grieg: Peer Gynt (excerpts)
Sibelius: Luonnotar; Karelia Suite
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Hindemith: Symphony 'Mathis der Maler'

BBC Philharmonic
Lise Davidsen (soprano)
Alban Gerhardt (cello)
John Storgårds (conductor)

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Proms debut singing Solveig's Song from Grieg's incidental music to Ibsen's dark drama 'Peer Gynt' and in Sibelius's late, great tone-poem Luonnotar. The sophisticated orchestral textures and sensuous melodies of Luonnotar contrast with the rough-hewn folk music of the same composer's struggle for freedom from Russian tyranny in his buoyant Karelia Suite.
Hindemith's opera 'Mathis der Maler', is set at the time of the Protestant Reformation; it was dubbed as "degenerate" by the Nazi regime who then banned all performances of his music. But not before the Symphony drawn from the opera was premiered in March 1934 at one of the early peaks of Hitler's power by one his artistic favourites and persuasive defenders of the artistic credo, Wilhelm Furtwängler. Alban Gerhardt is the soloist in Schumann's Cello Concerto, which rejects overt solo virtuosity, favouring instead dialogue between cello and orchestra.

Prom 60 Repeat: Stravinsky, Rachmaninov And Shostakovich20170903

Another chance to hear the Oslo Philharmonic play Stravinsky and Shostakovich at the Proms

The Oslo Philharmonic play Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and are joined by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall

Stravinsky: The Firebird - Suite (revised version, 1919)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor (revised version, 1941)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 12 in D minor, 'The Year 1917'

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, Conductor

It would be impossible to mark this year's centenary of the Russian Revolution without a performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12 - subtitled 'The Year 1917'. Its sweeping, filmic music paints a portrait of Lenin, both as a man and a political force.
Acclaimed Shostakovich interpreter Vasily Petrenko conducts the Oslo Philharmonic in an all-Russian programme also featuring Stravinsky's ever-popular suite from The Firebird and Rachmaninov's mercurial Fourth Piano Concerto (continuing our cycle of the composer's complete piano concertos).
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, whose Beethoven concerto cycle was a highlight of the 2015 Proms, returns as soloist.

[Prom first broadcast 29th August].

Another chance to hear the Oslo Philharmonic play Stravinsky and Shostakovich at the Proms

The Oslo Philharmonic play Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and are joined by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for Rachmaninov's Fourth Piano Concerto.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall

Stravinsky: The Firebird - Suite (revised version, 1919)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor (revised version, 1941)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 12 in D minor, 'The Year 1917'

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, Conductor

It would be impossible to mark this year's centenary of the Russian Revolution without a performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12 - subtitled 'The Year 1917'. Its sweeping, filmic music paints a portrait of Lenin, both as a man and a political force.
Acclaimed Shostakovich interpreter Vasily Petrenko conducts the Oslo Philharmonic in an all-Russian programme also featuring Stravinsky's ever-popular suite from The Firebird and Rachmaninov's mercurial Fourth Piano Concerto (continuing our cycle of the composer's complete piano concertos).
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, whose Beethoven concerto cycle was a highlight of the 2015 Proms, returns as soloist.

[Prom first broadcast 29th August].