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01Handel: Water Music, Suites Nos. 3 And 220170729

The 2017 season of specially selected broadcasts from the BBC Proms opens with a celebration of one of Handel’s best-loved works

George Frideric Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 3 in G major
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Naïs – Overture
Grace Williams: Sea Sketches – High Wind, Calm Sea in Summer
George Frideric Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 2 in D Major
Iain Farrington: A Ship Shape Shin-dig

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Handel's Water Music was first heard in public 300 years ago, performed by about 50 musicians squeezed into a barge on the river Thames. The music was such a success that it was repeated twice more that very night, and the Proms audience at this riverside concert given at the Stage@TheDock in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, was equally appreciative.

To introduce the Prom BBC Radio 3's Clemency Burton-Hill is joined by Oxford University professor Suzanne Aspden whose work focuses on 18th Century music in Britain.

(Photo: The prom at the Stage@TheDock in Hull. Credit: Les Gibbon/BBC)

George Frideric Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 3 in G major
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Naïs – Overture
Grace Williams: Sea Sketches – High Wind, Calm Sea in Summer
George Frideric Handel: Water Music – Suite No. 2 in D Major
Iain Farrington: A Ship Shape Shin-dig

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Nicholas McGegan (conductor)

Handel's Water Music was first heard in public 300 years ago, performed by about 50 musicians squeezed into a barge on the river Thames. The music was such a success that it was repeated twice more that very night, and the Proms audience at this riverside concert given at the Stage@TheDock in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, was equally appreciative.

To introduce the Prom BBC Radio 3's Clemency Burton-Hill is joined by Oxford University professor Suzanne Aspden whose work focuses on 18th Century music in Britain.

(Photo: The prom at the Stage@TheDock in Hul. Credit: Les Gibbon/BBC)

02Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 In C Minor20170805

Igor Levit plays Beethoven’s groundbreaking Third Piano Concerto, plus a world premiere from rising British composer Tom Coult.

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor
COULT: St John's Dance (BBC Commission: world premiere)

Igor Levit piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor

Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven's groundbreaking Third Piano Concerto. It was in this work for his favourite musical instrument that Beethoven broke free of the influences of his great predecessors Mozart and Haydn and forged his highly personal style of grand gestures contrasted with passages of great calm and tenderness. The Russian-born Levit has made Beethoven central to his repertoire and despite being just 30 years old has already garnered prestigious accolades for his interpretations of the Viennese master, including the Gramophone magazine's 'Recording of the Year 2016' award. We also hear the world premiere of St John's Dance by rising British composer Tom Coult.

BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by Nottingham University Professor Nicholas Baragwanath, an expert on the music of the First Viennese School.

(Photo: Igor Levit at the BBC Proms 2017. Credit: BBC)

03Ella And Dizzy: A Centenary Tribute20170812

A celebration of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie in the centenary year of their births.

GERSHWIN, arr. Vince Mendoza: A Foggy Day
NOBLE, arr. James Morrison: Cherokee
GERSHWIN, arr. Billy Childs: Embraceable You
GERSHWIN, arr. Billy Childs: Fascinating Rhythm
GILLESPIE/POZO/FULLER: Manteca
SHEARING, arr. Billy Childs: Lullaby of Birdland

James Morrison trumpet
Dianne Reeves singer
James Morrison Trio: William Morrison, Harry Morrison, Patrick Danao
Peter Martin piano/MD for Dianne Reeves
BBC Concert Orchestra
John Mauceri conductor

A celebration of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie in the centenary year of their births. Conducted by Broadway musical and Hollywood movie-score legend John Mauceri, the concert contrasts Gershwin songs which played a key role in Fitzgerald's career with the bebop and Afro-Latin sounds in which Gillespie excelled. Mauceri is joined on the Royal Albert Hall stage by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves who was described by the New York Times as 'the most admired jazz diva since the heyday of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday', and by much-acclaimed Australian virtuoso trumpeter James Morrison.
The concert is introduced for BBC World Service by broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill and American jazz specialist Geoffrey Smith.

Photo: Dianne Reeves and James Morrison (BBC)

04Purcell And Elgar20170819

A programme of English music: Purcell's 'Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes', arranged by Elgar, and his own 'Enigma' Variations.

PURCELL (arr. ELGAR): Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei
ELGAR: 'Enigma' Variations

Toby Spence tenor
Henry Waddington bass-baritone

BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

A programme of English music, starting with Purcell's dramatic choral motet Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei. The composer used such advanced harmonies that when Edward Elgar was orchestrating the work two centuries later, he is said to have been concerned that the particular Purcell score which he was using might contain misprints! In his own 'Enigma' Variations, Elgar created one of the most enduring, as well as most delightful, musical mysteries. It's a set of orchestral variations on a theme, each variation a disguised sonic portrait of one of Elgar's friends. But what of the theme itself, the enigma at the heart of the work?

Andrew McGregor is joined by one of UK's leading music writers and broadcasters Stephen Johnson.

(Photo: conductor Ryan Wigglesworth by BBC/Chris Christodoulou)

05Grieg: Peer Gynt / Schumann: Cello Concerto20170826

Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen performs exerpts from Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Alban Gerhardt plays Schumann’s Cello Concerto.

GRIEG: Peer Gynt – excerpts from the music for the play by Henrik Ibsen
1. At the Wedding (Prelude to Act 1)
2. The Abduction of the Bride: Ingrid’s Lament (Prelude to Act 2)
3. Morning Mood (Prelude to Act 4)
4. Solveig’s Song
5. Dance of the Mountain-King’s Daughter

SCHUMANN: Cello Concerto

Lise Davidsen soprano
Alban Gerhardt cello
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgårds conductor

Grieg’s Peer Gynt is one of Norway’s best known scores but it is usually performed in the form of concert suites which the composer compiled from his music for Ibsen’s play of the same name. A hundred and fifty years on from the play’s first publication, Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Proms debut in excerpts from Grieg’s music for the stage version of Peer Gynt. Alban Gerhardt is the soloist for Schumann’s Cello Concerto which rejects overt solo virtuosity in favour of a dialogue between cello and orchestra.
BBC Radio 3’s Andrew McGregor is joined by Oxford University Professor Daniel Grimley, one of the world’s leading experts on Scandinavian music.

06Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra20170902

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with Bernstein's On the Waterfront suite, and Copland's Lincoln Portrait

BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront - symphonic suite
COPLAND: Lincoln Portrait
BERNSTEIN: Candide - overture

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langrée conductor

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with Music Director Louis Langrée, bringing works by two celebrated American composers. Bernstein’s symphonic suite drawn from his soundtrack to On the Waterfront is a cinematic journey through the docks of post-war New Jersey, telling the story of one man’s heroic fight against corruption and intimidation.
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Orchestra during the Second World War, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait sets some of greatest speeches by the 16th American President against a stirring orchestral tone-poem. BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor and Mark Lowther introduce the concert.

Photo: Actor Charles Dance and Music Director/ conductor Louis Langrée with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. (Chris Christodoulou/ BBC)

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with Bernstein's On the Waterfront suite, and Copland's Lincoln Portrait

BERNSTEIN: On the Waterfront - symphonic suite
COPLAND: Lincoln Portrait
BERNSTEIN: Candide - overture

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Louis Langrée conductor

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut with Music Director Louis Langrée, bringing works by two celebrated American composers. Bernstein’s symphonic suite drawn from his soundtrack to On the Waterfront is a cinematic journey through the docks of post-war New Jersey, telling the story of one man’s heroic fight against corruption and intimidation.
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Orchestra during the Second World War, Copland’s Lincoln Portrait sets some of greatest speeches by the 16th American President against a stirring orchestral tone-poem. BBC Radio 3's Andrew McGregor and Mark Lowther introduce the concert.

Photo: Actor Charles Dance and Music Director/ conductor Louis Langrée with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. (Chris Christodoulou/ BBC)

07Rene Fleming Sings Barber And Strauss20170909

Barber's nostalgic Knoxville and Richard Strauss's Transformation scene from Daphne.

BARBER: Knoxville - Summer of 1915
BARBER: Sure on this Shining Night
STRAUSS: Daphne - Daphne's Verwandlung 'Ich komme, ich komme'
TARRODI: Liguria

Renée Fleming soprano
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor

One of the most glamorous and celebrated musicians of our time, soprano Renée Fleming returns to the Proms to join Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the shimmering 'transformation' music that closes Richard Strauss's opera Daphne, and Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a nostalgic portrait of America in a simpler age. The orchestra also brings a recent work by the young Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi - Liguria, a vivid musical 'walking tour' through Italian fishing villages.

The concert is introduced by Andrew McGregor and opera historian Sarah Lenton who has a special interest in 19th and 20th century vocal music.

Photo: Mark Allan/ BBC