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2011, 17/07/201120110717

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

British organist Stephen Farr puts the mighty Albert Hall instrument through its paces in a programme which celebrates two musical anniversaries and includes the world premiere of a major new work.

The anniversary composers are Jehan Alain, the French organist born in 1911 and killed in World War II, and Franz Liszt, whose music for organ is the match, in virtuosity and sheer elan, of his more familiar works for piano.

Concluding the programme, Stephen Farr gives the first performance of a characteristically imaginative new work for organ by the British composer Judith Bingham.

This suite of pieces depicts a lavish, but imaginary, ceremonial crown in which is framed seven fabulous gemstones of legend.

Each movement of the suite takes one of these jewels to represents an aspect of royalty, good and bad - such as divinity and splendour, but also treachery and cruelty, representing the best and the worst of the human race.

Alain: Litanies

Liszt: Prelude 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen' (arr.

Winterberger)

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott', BWV 721

Judith Bingham: The Everlasting Crown (World Premiere)

Stephen Farr (organ).

Organist Stephen Farr performs music by Jehan Alain, Liszt, Bach and Bingham.

2011, Bbc Proms In The Park20110910

Now in its 16th year - Sir Terry Wogan presents BBC Proms in the Park, live from London's Hyde Park.

The BBC Concert Orchestra is conducted by their Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart in a selection of popular classics and are joined by some very special guests.

This year's guests include mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins; tenor Russell Watson; singer-songwriter Josh Groban and finale guests Westlife.

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris brings the sound of the didgeridoo and wobble board to the Last Night celebrations and the pianist Lang Lang attempts to be the first artist to play both Proms in the Park and the Last Night of the Proms on the same evening.

Finally, the Hyde Park crowd link up to the Royal Albert Hall to join in the nation's biggest singalong and the Last Night of the Proms Finale.

Sir Terry Wogan presents BBC Proms in the Park live from London's Hyde Park.

2011, Prom 04 - Proms Choral Sunday: Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony20110717

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The first Choral Sunday of the season boasts the grandest statement of British choral music, Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

Two BBC orchestras, four brass bands, six choruses, four youth choruses and four star soloists join together for the Proms debut of this epic English "Symphony of a Thousand".

According to conductor Martyn Brabbins it will be one of the biggest classical undertakings ever mounted - "It's going to be a fantastic sonic spectacle, Gothic in the sense of architecture, detail, grandeur and mystery".

Written in 1920, it's only been performed in concert five times since.

The Gothic Symphony won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest symphony, requiring the largest forces.

This is a rare chance to hear a unique and massive work, and not to be missed.

Brian: Symphony No.

1 in D minor, 'The Gothic'

Susan Gritton (soprano)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Peter Auty (tenor)

Alastair Miles (bass)

CBSO Youth Chorus

Eltham College Boys' Choir

Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs

Bach Choir

BBC National Chorus of Wales

Brighton Festival Chorus

Côr Caerdydd

Huddersfield Choral Society

London Symphony Chorus

BBC Concert Orchestra

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 19 July at 2pm.

BBC CO, NOW and other musicians in the Proms debut of Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

2011, Prom 07 - Schubert's String Quintet20110719

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

One of the greatest pieces of chamber music for the first of this season's Late Night Proms.

A leading quartet of our time is joined by the distinguished cellist and founder member of the Berg Quartet, Valentin Erben.

Barely thirty years old, but already near death, Schubert had his String Quintet rejected by his publisher and only performed and published many years after his death.

But its exploratory outer movements and the sublimely transcendent slow movement, continue to inspire musicians, poets, film makers and audiences to this day.

Schubert: Quintet in C major, D956

Belcea Quartet

Valentin Erben (cello).

The Belcea Quartet and cellist Valentin Erben perform Schubert's Quintet in C, D956.

2011, Prom 13 - Verdi's Requiem20110724

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

Verdi's Requiem - his great sacred masterpiece - storms the heavens with a stellar line up of soloists and massed choirs in the second of the Proms Choral Sundays.

The ultimate in dramatic intensity, this extraordinary work speaks of heaven and hell, fire and earth, darkness and light in music that is as much theatrical as devotional.

Verdi completed it in 1874, and conducted the premiere himself in Milan.

Three large-scale choirs and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by a Verdi specialist whose recent Cologne recording, which also featured bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, has been much acclaimed.

Soloists Marina Poplavskaya and Joseph Calleja both sang alongside Furlanetto in last year's Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House.

Verdi: Requiem

Marina Poplavskaya (soprano)

Mariana Pentcheva (mezzo-soprano)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass)

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC National Chorus of Wales

London Philharmonic Choir

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 26th July at 2pm.

Semyon Bychkov conducts a line-up of soloists and massed choirs in Verdi's Requiem.

2011, Prom 14 - Mahler's Symphony No 920110725

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Mahler's last completed symphony, and one he never lived to hear, is brought to life in the Royal Albert Hall by Sir Roger Norrington in one of his final concerts as Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held for 13 years.

The Ninth Symphony was a work written at a time of personal crisis for Mahler, following the death of his daughter Maria, the loss of his job at the Vienna Court Opera and the diagnosis of his own heart disease.

Musically, however, while allusions to death abound, ultimately the work fades into peaceful resignation; as Alban Berg described it: "it expresses an extraordinary love of the earth, of nature, the longing to live in peace, to enjoy it completely to the very heart of one's being, before death comes, as irresistibly it does".

Mahler: Symphony No.

9

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)

Sir Roger Norrington (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 27th July at 2pm.

Roger Norrington leads the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 9.

2011, Prom 48 - Brahms, Schumann20110819

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Associate Guest Conductor, Andrew Manze, continue the celebration of Brahms in this late night concert with a richly romantic programme with pianist Angela Hewitt.

Angela Hewitt starts the concert on solo piano with the first two of the popular Op.

117 Intermezzos by Brahms written in 1892.

Inspired by a Scottish folk song the first's beautiful melody is concealed in an inner part, and the second intermezzo uses arpeggios as a texture.

They are two sad lullabies and some of the last piano music Brahms wrote before he died in 1897.

At the beginning of Brahms' life, in 1853 he met Robert Schumann who became his musical father figure during their short but intense friendship.

Schumann's Introduction and Allegro was written in 1849 just before Brahms met the Schumanns and was premiered with Clara Schumann at the keyboard.

It was later dedicated to Brahms, and Clara was to became the great love of Brahms's life.

Finally we observe Brahms through the prism of an admirer - Arnold Schoenberg - who arranged his piano quartet for orchestra in 1937 and highlighted the influence that Brahms had in music travelling from Bach and Beethoven, through to the music composed in the twentieth century.

Brahms: Three intermezzos, Op.

117 - Nos.

1 and 2

Schumann: Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op.

134

Brahm, Arr.

Schoenberg: Piano Quartet No.

1 in G minor

Angela Hewitt (piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Manze (conductor).

Angela Hewitt (piano) joins the BBC SSO under Andrew Manze in music by Brahms and Schumann

2011, Prom 54 - Liszt20110824

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor.

A Late Night Prom celebrating the keyboard genius of anniversary composer, Franz Liszt.

French pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin plays a selection of virtuosic works spanning the whole of the composer-pianist's imaginative and emotional world.

Liszt: Legend No.

2 (St.

Francis of Paola Walking on the Water)

Liszt: Fantasia and Fugue on B-A-C-H

Liszt: Bénédiction de Dieu dans las solitude

Liszt: Venezia e Napoli

Marc-André Hamelin (piano).

Marc-Andre Hamelin gives a recital of piano music by Liszt.

2011, Prom 66 - Escaich, Bach, Reger, Franck, Liszt20110904

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Making his Prom debut the Parisian organist Thierry Escaich, one of today's most famed exponents of the art of improvisation, demonstrates his skills in a variety of styles on the mighty Albert Hall instrument, and also plays concert works by four great organist-composers from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Improvisation has always been part of the organist's musical armoury, and never more so than amongst the great French players of the instrument.

Thierry Escaich: Overture in the Baroque Style (improvisation)

J.

S.

Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland', BWV 659

Thierry Escaich: Evocation III (on 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland') (UK Premiere)

Reger: Chorale Prelude 'Jauchz, Erd, und Himmel, juble hell', Op.

67 No.

15

Franck: Chorale No.

2 in B minor

Liszt: Adagio in D flat major, S759

Thierry Escaich: Triptych on Themes by Liszt (improvisation)

Thierry Escaich (organ).

Thierry Escaich (organ) in improvisations and 18th and 19th century concert works.

2011, Prom 67 - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis20110904

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

In the last of this season's Choral Sundays, Sir Colin Davis tackles the largest and longest of Beethoven's non-stage works, the Missa Solemnis.

This monumental work seems to skirt the boundaries of whether it is music made for the concert hall or the church.

"My chief aim was to awaken and permanently instill religious feelings not only into the singers but also into the listeners," Beethoven himself wrote of the work.

The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and London Philharmonic Choir lead the huge forces in what Beethoven considered to be his supreme achievement in music.

The quartet of soloists, made up of soprano Helena Juntunen, mezzo Sarah Connolly, tenor Paul Groves, and bass Matthew Rose, have demanding roles in this work, where the orchestra, chorus, and quartet each take on changing and challenging musical roles.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis

Helena Juntunen (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Paul Groves (tenor)

Matthew Rose (bass)

London Philharmonic Choir

London Symphony Chorus

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Tuesday 6 September at 2.30pm.

Colin Davis conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt20110905

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Featured Proms artist Christian Tetzlaff is joined by pianist Lars Vogt for a Proms Saturday matinée.

Mozart's final Violin Sonata is followed by Bartok's first.

A favourite composer of Tetzlaff's, Bartok stretches tonality in his Sonata, combining dance rhythms with rhapsodic passages and requires a virtuosic technique from the performers.

Mozart: Violin Sonata in A major, K526

Bartok: Violin Sonata No.

1

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Lars Vogt (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 10 September at 2pm.

Christian Tetzlaff (violin) and Lars Vogt (piano) perform Mozart and Bartok.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt20110910

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Featured Proms artist Christian Tetzlaff is joined by pianist Lars Vogt for a Proms Saturday matinée.

Mozart's final Violin Sonata is followed by Bartok's first.

A favourite composer of Tetzlaff's, Bartok stretches tonality in his Sonata, combining dance rhythms with rhapsodic passages and requires a virtuosic technique from the performers.

Mozart: Violin Sonata in A major, K526

Bartok: Violin Sonata No.

1

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Lars Vogt (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 10 September at 2pm.

Christian Tetzlaff (violin) and Lars Vogt (piano) perform Mozart and Bartok.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Khatia Buniatishvili20110808

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

BBC New Generation Artist Khatia Buniatishvili explores the virtuosity of two great composer-pianists.

Liszt - one of this year's anniversary compoers - is a favourite of hers and she begins her concert with his Sonata in B minor, technically one of the most demanding works ever written for piano.

Similarly virtuosic is Prokofiev's 7th Sonata, a work written amid Stalin's brutal rule in the early years of World War II it contains some of the composers most dissonant and troubled music.

Khatia Buniatishvili very much admires pianists of previous generations, a passion which influences her own unique style of pianism.

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

Liszt: LiebestrÃume - No.

3: O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst!

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.

7 in B flat major

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 13th August at 2pm.

Young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs music by Liszt and Prokofiev.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Khatia Buniatishvili20110813

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

BBC New Generation Artist Khatia Buniatishvili explores the virtuosity of two great composer-pianists.

Liszt - one of this year's anniversary compoers - is a favourite of hers and she begins her concert with his Sonata in B minor, technically one of the most demanding works ever written for piano.

Similarly virtuosic is Prokofiev's 7th Sonata, a work written amid Stalin's brutal rule in the early years of World War II it contains some of the composers most dissonant and troubled music.

Khatia Buniatishvili very much admires pianists of previous generations, a passion which influences her own unique style of pianism.

Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor

Liszt: Liebesträume - No.

3: O Lieb, so lang du lieben kannst!

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.

7 in B flat major

Khatia Buniatishvili (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 13th August at 2pm.

Young Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili performs music by Liszt and Prokofiev.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 01 - Bach's Goldberg Variations20110718

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Acclaimed harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani performs a masterwork by J.S.

Bach, "composed for music lovers to refresh their spirits" according to its first edition.

Consisting of an exquisitely beautiful aria and a set of 30 variations, this is one of the great examples of variation form as well as a peak of the keyboard repertoire.

These days the Goldberg Variations are often played on the piano by performers who believe the piano is a more communicative instrument, but Esfahani dismisses the views of those who think the harpsichord inexpressive in one word - "absurd!".

Listen to what is sure to be a masterful performance and judge for yourself.

J.S.

Bach: 'Goldberg' Variations BWV 988

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 23 July at 2pm.

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) performs Bach's masterwork the Goldberg Variations.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 02 - Elias String Quartet, Julian Bliss20110725

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The second of this year's Proms Chamber Music concerts features old and new.

Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Elias Quartet play Purcell, Brahms, and the world premiere of a new Celtic-inspired work by Sally Beamish, and are joined by clarinetist Julian Bliss for Brahms's glowing, autumnal quintet.

Purcell: Fantasia No.

6 in F major

7 in C minor

Sally Beamish: Reed Stanzas (String Quartet No.

3) BBC Commission, World Premiere

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor

Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Elias Quartet

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 30th July at 2pm.

Julian Bliss and the Elias Quartet perform Purcell, Beamish and Brahms.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 02 - Elias String Quartet, Julian Bliss20110730

Julian Bliss and the Elias Quartet perform Purcell, Beamish and Brahms.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 03 - Les Talens Lyriques20110801

BBC Proms Chamber Music 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Christophe Rousset and his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques explore French Baroque music with an Italian flavour, taking the Italian-born naturalised Frenchman Lully as their inspiration. Couperin and Rameau blend the best of both countries in their vivacious and delicately poised instrumental works and Montéclair retells the classical story of the death of Lucretia in music of drama and passion.

Couperin: Les nations - La Piémontoise (excerpts)

Lully: Armida's monologue : "Ah, Rinaldo, e dove sei?" (from the ballet Les amours déguisés)

Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts - Premier concert

Montéclair: Cantata "Morte di Lucrezia"

Les Talens Lyriques:

Eugénie Warnier (soprano)

Virginie Descharmes (violin)

Yuki Koike (violin)

Jocelyn Daubigney (flute)

Stefanie Troffaes (flute)

Isabelle Saaint-Yves (viola da gamba)

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord/director)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 6th August at 2pm.

Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset perform French Baroque music.

Christophe Rousset and his ensemble Les Talens Lyriques explore French Baroque music with an Italian flavour, taking the Italian-born naturalised Frenchman Lully as their inspiration.

Couperin and Rameau blend the best of both countries in their vivacious and delicately poised instrumental works and Montéclair retells the classical story of the death of Lucretia in music of drama and passion.

Lully: Armida's monologue : "Ah, Rinaldo ! Dove sei ?" (from the ballet Les amours déguisés)

Isabelle Saint-Yves (viola da gamba)

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 03 - Les Talens Lyriques20110806

Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset perform French Baroque music.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 05 - Nicholas Daniel, Tom Poster, Aronowitz Ensemble20110815

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall

Presented by Catherine Bott

A concert which pairs youthful works by English composers Frank Bridge and his pupil Benjamin Britten.

Written when the composer was just 19, Britten's Phantasy oboe quartet is full of flamboyant and lyrical writing which today's oboist Nicholas Daniel describes as "a virtuoso piece in every respect".

Britten honoured his mentor with two sets of variations - the famous set for string orchestra - and this newly-rediscovered piano piece.

Bridge's own Piano Quintet was written before the events of the First World War cast a shadow over his creative outlook.

Britten: Phantasy for oboe and string trio

Bridge: Three Idylls for string quartet - No.

2

Britten: Piano Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (London premiere)

Bridge: Piano Quintet

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Tom Poster (piano)

Aronowitz Ensemble

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 20th August at 2pm.

Nicholas Daniel, Tom Poster and the Aronowitz Ensemble perform music by Britten and Bridge

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 05 - Nicholas Daniel, Tom Poster, Aronowitz Ensemble20110820

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall

Presented by Catherine Bott

A concert which pairs youthful works by English composers Frank Bridge and his pupil Benjamin Britten.

Written when the composer was just 19, Britten's Phantasy oboe quartet is full of flamboyant and lyrical writing which today's oboist Nicholas Daniel describes as "a virtuoso piece in every respect".

Britten honoured his mentor with two sets of variations - the famous set for string orchestra - and this newly-rediscovered piano piece.

Bridge's own Piano Quintet was written before the events of the First World War cast a shadow over his creative outlook.

Britten: Phantasy for oboe and string trio

Bridge: Three Idylls for string quartet - No.

2

Britten: Piano Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge (London premiere)

Bridge: Piano Quintet

Nicholas Daniel (oboe)

Tom Poster (piano)

Aronowitz Ensemble

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 20th August at 2pm.

Nicholas Daniel, Tom Poster and the Aronowitz Ensemble play music by Britten and Bridge.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 06 - Martinu, Dutilleux, Prokofiev20110822

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The internationally renowned flautist Emmanuel Pahud is a featured artist at this year's Proms, and he brings a chamber programme to Cadogan Hall with his regular pianist, Eric Le Sage.

Three contrasting works share the same genesis, all being composed in the early 1940s under the shadow of World War II, but all have a sunny nature.

Martinu's sonorous work was completed in America after he fled his native Czechoslovakia, and it has a seriousness at its core.

Prokofiev's magnificent sonata was written in Moscow, and is one of his classic works - both brilliantly virtuosic and warmly lyrical.

Dutilleux's Sonatine, an early work in his long and disinguished career, follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Debussy.

Martinu: Flute Sonata

Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine

Prokofiev: Flute Sonata

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

Eric Le Sage (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 27th August at 2pm.

Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Eric Le Sage (piano) in music by Martinu, Dutilleux and Prokofiev.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 06 - Martinu, Dutilleux, Prokofiev20110827

CHAMBER MUSIC 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

The internationally renowned flautist Emmanuel Pahud is a featured artist at this year's Proms, and he brings a chamber programme to Cadogan Hall with his regular pianist, Eric Le Sage.

Three contrasting works share the same genesis, all being composed in the early 1940s under the shadow of World War II, but all have a sunny nature.

Martinu's sonorous work was completed in America after he fled his native Czechoslovakia, and it has a seriousness at its core.

Prokofiev's magnificent sonata was written in Moscow, and is one of his classic works - both brilliantly virtuosic and warmly lyrical.

Dutilleux's Sonatine, an early work in his long and disinguished career, follows in the footsteps of his predecessor Debussy.

Martinu: Flute Sonata

Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine

Prokofiev: Flute Sonata

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

Eric Le Sage (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 27th August at 2pm.

Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Eric Le Sage (piano) in music by Martinu, Dutilleux and Prokofiev.

2011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 07 - Fitkin, Gismonti/carneiro, Rachmaninov20110829

CHAMBER MUSIC

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott play in a typically eclectic programme combining the old and the new.

Graham Fitkin's L was composed in 2005 for Yo-Yo Ma's 50th birthday and today receives its London premiere.

After a Brazilian interlude, this is followed by one of the most romantic works of the cello repertoire: Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata.

Graham Fitkin's new Cello Concerto will be performed by Yo-Yo Ma in a Prom later this week.

Graham Fitkin: L (London Premiere)

Egberto Gismonti/Geraldo Carneiro: Bodas de prata and Quatro cantos

Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)

Kathryn Stott (piano)

This Prom will be repeated on Saturday 3rd September at 2pm.

Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano) perform Fitkin, Gismonti/Carneiro and Rachmaninov.

2011, Proms Composer Portraits, Graham Fitkin20110831

Graham Fitkin, in conversation with Tom Service, discusses his Cello Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and introduces performances of his chamber works Sciosophy, Hurl and Sinew by musicians from the London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble.

Graham Fitkin discusses his cello concerto and presents performances of his chamber works.

2011, Proms Composer Portraits, Kevin Volans20110822

PROMS PLUS PORTRAIT

Kevin Volans, in conversation with Martin Handley, discusses the world premiere of his Piano Concerto No.

3 and introduces performances of his chamber works, including 1,000 Bars, Asanga and his 10th String Quartet by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

Kevin Volans discusses his music with Martin Handley.

2011, Proms Composer Portraits, Thomas Larcher20110818

PROMS PLUS PORTRAIT

Andrew McGregor talks to composer Thomas Larcher, whose Double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra was given its world premiere in this evening's Prom The composer also introduces performances of his Antennen- Requiem für H.

and extracts from his Cello Sonata and Kraken by musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Andrew McGregor in conversation with composer Thomas Larcher.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis20110904

PROMS PLUS INTRO 2011

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores Beethoven's Missa solemnis, with recorded extracts and with live music examples from members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores Beethoven's Missa solemnis.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Havergal Brian's Choral Symphony20110717

PROMS PLUS

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sarah Walker presents the first in a series of live introductions to the music being performed in Proms Choral Sundays.

Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony is explored with help from musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing live extracts from the work.

Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony is a work like no other: It calls for two orchestras, multiple choirs and soloists plus brass bands, and at almost two hours long is in the Guinness Book of Records under 'Longest Symphony'.

Sarah Walker will look at the inspirations behind the work, and introduce listeners to Brian's distinctive musical sound-world.

Sarah Walker presents an introduction to Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Intro: Britten's Choral Music20110814

PROMS PLUS CHORAL SUNDAY

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores Britten's works in tonight's Prom and considers the context of their composition, with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores Britten's choral works.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Intro: Mahler's Das Klagende Lied20110807

PROMS PLUS

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Andrew McGregor explores Mahler's Das klagende Lied with recorded extracts and live music examples from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers.

Andrew McGregor explores Mahler's Das klagende Lied.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Mozart Requiem20110821

PROMS PLUS CHORAL SUNDAY

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Matthew Rowe explores the works in tonight's Prom, including Mozart's Requiem, and considers the context of their composition with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the City of London Sinfonia.

Matthew Rowe explores the works in Prom 50, including Mozart's Requiem.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Proms Intro: Mendelssohn's Elijah20110828

PROMS PLUS CHORAL SUNDAY

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Andrew McGregor explores Mendelssohn's Elijah with recorded extracts and with live music examples from members of the Gabrieli Consort and Players.

Andrew McGregor explores Mendelssohn's Elijah with members of the Gabrieli Consort.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Proms Intro: Rachmaninov's Choral Music20110731

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Sarah Walker explores Rachmaninov's colourful choral works and considers the context of their composition, with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the BBC Philharmonic.

Sarah Walker explores Rachmaninov's choral works.

2011, Proms Plus Choral Sundays, Verdi's Requiem20110724

Live from the Royal College of Music, London

Matthew Rowe explores the richly dramatic music of Verdi's Requiem and considers the context of its composition, with recorded examples and live illustrations from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew Rowe introduces the music of Verdi's Requiem and places it in context.

2011, Proms Plus, 26/08/201120110826

The death of Prince Albert 150 years ago inspired the creation of the home of the Proms, the Royal Albert Hall.

Historians Kate Williams and Dan Cruickshank join Matthew Sweet to reassess the Prince Consort and his legacy "the Albertopolis".

Producer: Georgia Mann.

Matthew Sweet and guests reassess Prince Albert and his legacy, the Royal Albert Hall.

2011, Proms Plus, Bbc Proms Inspire Young Composers' Concert20110812

BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Concert

The Aurora Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon, performs the winning entries from this year's Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition.

Now in its thirteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition continues to provide a platform for budding composers across the UK, providing what most composers only dream of - the chance to have their music played by professional musicians and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Entries of all genres and for any instrumentation are welcomed and each composition is judged on the following criteria - compositional idea, originality, creativity and appropriate technical ability.

The only rules are that entries should last no longer than five minutes and be scored so that other musicians can perform them.

2011, Proms Plus, Intro: Brahms20110819

PROMS PLUS INTRO

Presented by Tom Service.

Despite the popularity of Brahms's music, the man behind it remains little known and often misunderstood.

Musicologist Kenneth Hamilton and critic and broadcaster Stephen Johnson seek out the real Brahms.

Musicologist Kenneth Hamilton talks to Stephen Johnson about the real Brahms.

2011, Proms Plus, Intro: Liszt20110801

Recorded at the Royal College of Music

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Liszt's birth, Louise Fryer is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and Liszt's biographer, Malcolm Hayes, to explore a composer who was also the most celebrated performer of his day.

Louise Fryer is joined by Stephen Hough and Malcolm Hayes to discuss Liszt.

2011, Proms Plus, John Eliot Gardiner20110909

PROMS PLUS INTRO

Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner talks to Tom Service about tonight's performance of Der Freischütz by Weber in the version reimagined for French audiences by Berlioz.

This work is rarely performed and is regarded as the corner-stone of German Romantic opera.

Recorded earlier this evening at the Royal College of Music, London.

John Eliot Gardiner talks to Tom Service about the Proms performance of Der Freischutz.

2011, Proms Plus, Literary: Dante20110817

Dante's Divine Comedy and his character Francesca da Rimini have inspired writers from Shakespeare and Milton, to TS Eliot and the Beats.

Historical novelist Sarah Dunant and Margaret Keane, author of 'Inferno', discuss the great Italian poet.

Susan Hitch hosts this discussion recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

Sarah Dunant and Margaret Kean on the influence of Dante from Shakespeare to the Beats.

2011, Proms Plus, Literary: Kipling20110802

Great bard of the British Empire - or propagandist for imperialism? Rudyard Kipling died 75 years ago.

Kipling specialist Daniel Karlin and historian and political activist Tariq Ali discuss the writer and poet whose reputation has divided readers over the last hundred years.

Rana Mitter presents.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

Rana Mitter is joined by Daniel Karlin and Tariq Ali to discuss Rudyard Kipling.

2011, Proms Plus, Literary: Music In The Movies20110812

Composers have played a crucial role in the cinema since the first film was made over a hundred of years ago.

In the early years composers like William Walton, Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein and Erich Korngold were all involved.

Directors and film composers formed relationships like Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock, Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone and, more recently Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard.

Other directors like Terence Davies and Woody Allen use period music as a soundtrack to explore their recurrent themes of memory and longing.

Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar winning screenwriter of The Pianist and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Neil Brand, doyen of silent film pianists, discuss the role of music in film - from The Keystone Kops to indie films.

Matthew Sweet presents.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

Screenwriter Ronald Harwood and pianist Neil Brand discuss the role of music in film.

2011, Proms Plus, Literary: Musicians' Literary Passions20110730

Musicians' Literary Passions: A leading musician from this year's Proms season introduce their favourite works of fiction.

Ian McMillan presents.

The programme is the first in a new series, part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

Pianist Stephen Hough discusses his favourite works of fiction with Ian McMillan.

2011, Proms Plus, Literary: Scandinavian Crime Writing20110808

Val McDermid and Louise Welsh, award winning crime writers, explore the explosion in Scandinavian crime writing from Sweden's Henning Mankell's Wallander to Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and rising Norwegian star Jo Nesbo.

Rana Mitter hosts.

The last decade has seen Scandinavian crime fiction become a publishing sensation.

But the phenomenon began in the 1960s with a Swedish couple, Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, who wrote the Martin Beck series of novels, written to highlight what they saw as the degeneration of Sweden.

Henning Mankell's Inspector Kurt Wallender is now as famous for Kenneth Branagh's TV portrayal and for the Swedish television adaptation as it is for Mankell's original novels and Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium Trilogy' has sold over 40 million copies and has been filmed in both Sweden and America.

So what is the international appeal of the novels famed for their bleak and cold plots?

The crime writers Louise Welsh and Val McDermid explore their favourite Scandinavian writers and discuss the success of the Scandinavian genre, how political the books are and why the protagonists tend to the stereotype of the Scandinavian melancholic.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts, in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just in advance of the concerts themselves.

Val McDermid and Louise Welsh on the explosion in Scandinavian crime writing.

2011, Proms Plus, Musicians' Literary Passions: Andrew Litton20110820

Musicians Literary Passions: Leading American conductor Andrew Litton continues our new series of events in which musicians from this year's Proms season introduce a personal choice of readings from their favourite fiction and poetry.

Presented by Anne McElvoy.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

Conductor Andrew Litton reveals his favourite fiction and poetry to Anne McElvoy.

2011, Proms Plus, Musicians' Literary Passions: Matthew Barley20110827

Musicians' Literary Passions: Matthew Barley, described as 'probably the world's most adventurous cellist' continues our new series of events in which musicians from this year's Proms season introduce their favourite works of fiction.

He's in conversation with Susan Hitch.

Producer: Gavin Heard.

Susan Hitch is joined by cellist Matthew Barley, who introduces his favourite fiction.

2011, Proms Plus, Proms Literary: Faust20110726

What would persuade a man to sell his soul? The myth of Faust has fascinated writers for centuries.

Matthew Sweet discusses its enduring appeal with playwright Mark Ravenhill, the author of 'Faust is Dead' and the actor Simon Callow.

The programme is part of Radio 3's Proms Plus Literary exploring some of the literary and cultural dimensions of this year's Proms concerts.

They're recorded in front of an audience at the Royal College of Music, right next door to the Albert Hall and just before the concerts themselves.

Matthew Sweet discusses the appeal of the Faust myth with Mark Ravenhill and Simon Callow.

2011, Proms Plus, Proms Poetry Competition 201120110906

Poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, and presenter of Radio 3's The Verb, Ian McMillan, introduce the winning entries in the first ever Proms Poetry Competition.

The entries in the competition have all been inspired by a piece of music played in this year's Proms.

Poets Michael Rosen and Ian McMillan present the Proms Poetry Competition winning entries.

2011, Proms Plus, The Piano In Fiction20110908

How well do the great works of fiction depict musical instruments? Music lover Rabbi Julia Neuberger is joined by a BBC pianist to explore the piano's literary life across the ages - and to perform its fictional incarnations.

Presented by Anne McElvoy.

Anne McElvoy discusses the piano in literature with Rabbi Julia Neuberger and a pianist.

2011, Proms Plus, William Golding20110830

William Golding, Nobel prize winner, author of Lord of the Flies and Rites of Passage was born a hundred years ago.

His biographer John Carey and award winning writer Andrew O'Hagan celebrate the centenary of one of Britain's greatest post-war novelists, in conversation with Ian McMillan.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

Ian McMillan and guests celebrate the work of William Golding.

2011, Proms Saturday Matinees, Psm 01 - Bennett, Dutilleux, Maconchy20110813

SATURDAY MATINEES 2011

Live from the Cadogan Hall

Presented by Christopher Cook

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of Britain's most respected and versatile musicians, celebrates his 75th birthday this year and the first of this season's contemporary music matinees pays tribute to his distinctive creative voice and to two of his favourite composers

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Dream Dancing

Henri Dutilleux: Les citations

Maconchy: Romanza

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Jazz Calendar

Paul Silverthorne (viola)

London Sinfonietta

Nicholas Collon (conductor).

Christopher Cook presents a concert paying tribute to Richard Rodney Bennett.

2011, Proms Saturday Matinees, Psm 02 - Maxwell Davies, Aperghis, Birtwistle20110820

SATURDAY MATINEES 2011

Live from the Cadogan Hall

Presented by Christopher Cook

A concert of contemporary musical encounters.

The new piano concerto by Greek-born French composer Georges Aperghis takes its inspiration from the technique of filming dialogue with shot and reverse shot, while Harrison Birtwistle vividly retells the Biblical story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel.

Meanwhile, Peter Maxwell Davies reflects on a sonnet by Michelangelo in a work specially composed for the BBC Singers.

David Atherton conducts the London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers with Nicolas Hodges, a pianist who excels in cutting-edge contemporary music.

Andrew West and Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts take the challenging parts of Jacob and the Angel.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Il rozzo martello

Georges Aperghis: Champ-Contrechamp (BBC Commission; World Premiere)

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Angel Fighter (UK premiere)

Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts (tenor)

Andrew Watts (Counter tenor)

Nicolas Hodges (Piano)

BBC Singers

London Sinfonietta

David Atherton (conductor).

BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta in music by Maxwell Davies, Aperghis and Birtwistle.

2011, Proms Saturday Matinees, Psm 03 - Hildegard, Britten, Birtwistle, Wishart20110827

SATURDAY MATINEES 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall

Presented by Christopher Cook

Medieval and modern, mystical and material all collide in this Prom which has as its focus songs by the 11th century German Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, performed both in their original versions and as re-imagined in a brand new work by Stevie Wishart.

Her BBC commission takes Hildegard's words to create "a sonic tapestry of frayed threads from hundreds of years ago, woven into a new pattern".

Completing the programme, two modern works which also have their roots in the medieval world - Britten's cycle wittily juxtaposes sacred and secular lyrics and is one of his last works, while Harrison Birtwistle's setting takes words from a source that was to become a well-spring of inspiration in his later career - the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - and is one of his earliest published pieces

Hildegard of Bingen: Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum - selection

Britten: Sacred and Profane

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year

Stevie Wishart: Out of This World (BBC Commission; world premiere)

BBC Singers

Sinfonye

Stevie Wishart (director)

Robert Hollingworth (conductor).

BBC Singers and Sinfonye in music by Hildegard of Bingen, Britten, Birtwistle and Wishart.

2011, Proms Saturday Matinees, Psm 04 - Tippett, Tavener, Gubaidulina20110903

SATURDAY MATINEE 2011

Live from Cadogan Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Strings and voices are centre-stage in this concert - with a solo cello taking the part of protagonists both human and divine.

In Tavener's "Popule meus", the cello represents the all-merciful God in a piece which explores modern man's rejection of the Deity.

In Gubaidulina's "Canticle of the Sun", setting the famous hymn to creation by St Francis of Assisi, the cello becomes the saint himself, glorying in the world around him, in life and even death.

Added to this mix, the ever life-enhancing music of Sir Michael Tippett - a suite for strings, together with a part-song setting Gerard Manley Hopkins' celebration of a bird in flight, and a motet which commemorates another formed of winged creature - the heavenly host of angels.

Tippett: The Windhover

Tippett: Plebs angelica

Sir John Tavener: Popule meus (UK Premiere)

Tippett: Little Music for Strings

Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun

Natalie Clein (cello)

BBC Singers

Britten Sinfonia

David Hill (conductor).

Natalie Clein (cello), BBC Singers, Britten Sinfonia in Tippett, Tavener and Gubaidulina.

012011, Prom 02, Act 120110716

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty

Antonio Pappano comes to the Proms with his Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, for a rare performance of Rossini's grandest of operas about the legendary founding fathers of Switzerland and the hero who shoots an apple from his son's head.

Michele Pertusi takes the title role and the character of Arnold, one of Rossini's most demanding tenor parts, (complete with numerous high Cs), is sung by the American tenor John Osborn.

Rossini: William Tell, Act I

William Tell - Michele Pertusi (baritone)

Arnold Melchthal - John Osborn (tenor)

Walter Furst - Matthew Rose (bass)

Melchthal - Frédéric Caton (bass)

Jemmy - Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano)

Gesler - Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Rodolphe - Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Ruodi - Celso Albelo (tenor)

Leuthold - Mark Stone (baritone)

Mathilde - Malyn Byström (soprano)

Hedwige - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Huntsman - Davide Malvestio (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

The Academy of Santa Cecilia from Rome performs Act 1 of Rossini's opera William Tell.

012011, Prom 05, Messiaen, Dusapin20110718

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and is joined by Proms first-timers Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, and pianist Frank Braley for Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

There's also colourful music by Messiaen alongside the UK premiere of an exciting new work for large orchestra by Pascal Dusapin.

Pascal Dusapin is one of the most exciting contemporary voices around, combining stylistic experimentation with emotional directness.

Dusapin studied briefly with Olivier Messiaen, whose first orchestral work, Les offrandes oubliées, opens the concert.

Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées

Pascal Dusapin: Morning in Long Island - Concerto No.

1 for large orchestra (BBC co-commission with Radio France; UK Premiere)

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Frank Braley (piano)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 20 July at 2pm.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in music by Messiaen and Pascal Dusapin.

012011, Prom 06, Weber, Brahms20110719

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

The most influential orchestral work of the 20th century is at the heart of tonight's Prom.

Stravinsky's Rite caused a scandal at its premiere in 1913 and still sounds sensational nearly 100 years later.

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in this riot of orchestral colour.

The first half of the concert pairs works by German Romantics from either end of the 19th century, Weber's Oberon overture and Brahms's beautiful Double Concerto, featuring the brothers Capuçon as soloists.

Brahms's final work for orchestra, the Double Concerto, was in part a gesture of reconciliation towards his friend the violinist Joseph Joachim and makes huge demands on both soloists.

Weber: Oberon - overture

Brahms: Concerto in A minor for Violin and Cello (Double Concerto)

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 21 July at 2pm.

Renaud Capucon (violin) and Gautier Capucon (cello) in music by Weber and Brahms.

012011, Prom 08, Dvorak20110720

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

A Czech evening with Dvorak's Cello Concerto and a Proms first performance for the six symphonic poems of Má vlast by Smetana.

Dvorák's Cello Concerto is full of melody and heartfelt sentiment, to which French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will bring both youthful urgency and intimacy, if his recording with tonight's conductor is anything to go by.

The work is widely regarded as the finest concerto ever written for the instrument.

Nostalgia turns to nationalism in the second half, with Smetana's Má vlast - a glorious musical touchstone for 'the resurrection of the Czech nation, its future happiness and glory'.

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 22 July at 2pm.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek.

Dvorak: Cello Concerto.

012011, Prom 09, Sibelius20110721

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two works by Sibelius begin this concert with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

Scènes Historiques Suite No 2 reveals the composer's lighter side, opening with The Chase, in which horns are heard through the mist, followed by a wild chase, with impelling rhythms.

The great Seventh Symphony has long been admired for its intensity and concision; its conclusion has been called "the grandest celebration of C major there ever was".

Bartók's last completed concerto was written in conditions of great poverty and adversity during the composer's exile in New York, but none of this is apparent from the work itself., which is generally melodic, mellow, even nostalgic in tone.

It is championed tonight by András Schiff, appearing at the Proms for the first time since his 2006 solo recital.

And, to close, a joyous sequence of sonic snapshots: Janácek's Sinfonietta is his typically bold evocation of a beloved city, the Moravian regional capital, Brno.

Sibelius: Scènes historiques - Suite No.

2

Sibelius: Symphony No.

7 in C major

András Schiff (piano)

Hallé

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 24 July at 2pm.

Mark Elder conducts the Halle in Sibelius: Scenes Historiques Suite No 2; Symphony No 7.

012011, Prom 1, Weir, Brahms, Liszt20110715

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

New British music, Brahms and Liszt and lavish choral works are some of the musical threads which trace their way through the 2011 Proms season and they are all represented in this opening celebration. The performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry line-up of soloists under the baton of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek.

A new work by leading British composer Judith Weir provides the opening flourish - a short choral and orchestral fanfare based on the four words of the title: Stars, Night, Music and Light. Brahms and Liszt not only form a witty partnership in rhyming slang they are both in their own ways at the core of European music in the 19th Century and many of their major works appear throughout the season. Tonight's concert includes Brahms's festive overture and Liszt's virtuosic concerto performed by young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who makes his Proms debut. After the interval Belohlavek leads orchestra, chorus and soloists in Janacek's extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.

Judith Weir: Stars, Night, Music and Light (BBC commission; world premiere)

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano)

Dagmar Peckova (mezzo-soprano)

Stefan Vinke (tenor)

Jan Martiník (bass)

David Goode (organ)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 18 July at 2pm.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Weir, Brahms and Liszt.

New British music, Brahms and Liszt and lavish choral works are some of the musical threads which trace their way through the 2011 Proms season and they are all represented in this opening celebration.

The performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry line-up of soloists under the baton of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek.

A new work by leading British composer Judith Weir provides the opening flourish - a short choral and orchestral fanfare based on the four words of the title: Stars, Night, Music and Light.

Brahms and Liszt not only form a witty partnership in rhyming slang they are both in their own ways at the core of European music in the 19th Century and many of their major works appear throughout the season.

Tonight's concert includes Brahms's festive overture and Liszt's virtuosic concerto performed by young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who makes his Proms debut.

After the interval Belohlavek leads orchestra, chorus and soloists in Janacek's extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.

Liszt: Piano Concerto No.

2 in A major

012011, Prom 23, Beethoven, Saint-saens20110801

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Energy and Romantic drive characterise the music of tonight's Prom with the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Stephen Hough. Beethoven's exhilarating Fourth Symphony is the perfect curtain-raiser to Saint-Saëns's sparkling Fifth Piano Concerto, with its colourful reminiscences of his foreign travels. The second half continues this season's anniversary exploration of Liszt's major works with his turbulent Dante Symphony, bringing to vivid musical life the dark world of the Inferno and Purgatorio sections of the Italian Renaissance poet's Divine Comedy.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major ('Egyptian')

Stephen Hough (piano)

Julia Doyle (soprano)

CBSO Chorus (women's voices)

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 4th August at 2pm.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in music by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns.

Energy and Romantic drive characterise the music of tonight's Prom with the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Stephen Hough.

Beethoven's exhilarating Fourth Symphony is the perfect curtain-raiser to Saint-Saëns's sparkling Fifth Piano Concerto, with its colourful reminiscences of his foreign travels.

The second half continues this season's anniversary exploration of Liszt's major works with his turbulent Dante Symphony, bringing to vivid musical life the dark world of the Inferno and Purgatorio sections of the Italian Renaissance poet's Divine Comedy.

Beethoven: Symphony No.

4 in B flat major

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.

5 in F major ('Egyptian')

012011, Prom 32, Brahms20110807

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Christian Tetzlaff plays Brahms' great Violin Concerto, with Edward Gardner conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

And four top soloists and the BBC Singers join for the orchestra for the original version of Mahler's rarely-heard Das klagende Lied.

Featured artist Christian Tetzlaff has played many of the great violin concertos but this is his first Proms performance of the big-boned, technically demanding work by Brahms, all of whose concertos can be heard during this Proms season.

With his early Das klagende Lied, Mahler hit upon his own unique style.

Tonight's account includes 'Waldmärchen', the emotive first panel dealing with the quest of brother knights for a flower that will win a queen's hand but leads to sibling murder.

The score of this original three-part version of the work resurfaced as recently as 1969.

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Melanie Diener (soprano)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Christopher Purves (baritone)

Augustus Bell (treble)

Matthew Lloyd-Wilson (treble)

Oluwatimilehin Otudeko (treble)

Theodore Beeny (treble)

Thomas Fetherstonhaugh (treble)

Timothy Fairbairn (treble)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 11th August at 2pm.

Christian Tetzlaff joins the BBC SO under Edward Gardner in Brahms's Violin Concerto.

012011, Prom 42, Swan Lake - Act 120110815

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Valery Gergiev brings the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to the Proms with music from their homeland.

Two years ago their performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet-score The Sleeping Beauty was a highlight of the season.

This year they bring another of Tchaikovsky's great dance works, Swan Lake.

Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for the Swan Queen, Odette.

She and her swan retinue are human beings under the spell of an evil sorcerer - swans by day, human beings by night.

The story of how the terrible spell is eventually broken and Siegfried and Odette united for ever is one of the most romantic and passionate tales told in the world of ballet.

Tchaikovsky's score is both vivid and subtle, especially when, as this evening, it is heard complete, rather than in the more often heard suite.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Act 1

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre performs Act 1 of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

012011, Prom 47, Symphony No 320110819

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and in tonight's Prom, with the conductor Bernard Haitink, focuses on the expressive musical world of Brahms.

The Third Symphony is generally upbeat, but the energy of the final movement floats away to a quiet and elusive end.

The First Piano Concerto is bound up with Brahms's intense friendship with Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, and his sense of loss at Schumann's tragic downward spiral into madness.

Emanuel Ax is the soloist, a pianist renowned for his sensitive interpretations, and he rejoins the orchestra for more Brahms tomorrow.

Haitink, a distinguished interpreter of Brahms, admires the COE's ability to play together like chamber musicians.

Brahms: Symphony No.

3 in F major

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 24th August at 2.25pm.

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Brahms's Symphony No 3 in F.

012011, Prom 49, Brahms - Piano Concerto No 220110820

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and pianist Emanuel Ax in music by Brahms.

In their second concert of Brahms's masterworks at this year's Proms, they open with a work long central to Emanuel Ax's repertoire.

Brahms's Second Piano Concerto is on a grand Romantic scale and makes huge technical demands on the soloist.

After the interval, the composer's astonishing final symphony, where the balance between expressiveness and structural control is most perfectly maintained.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 22nd August at 2pm.

Louise Fryer presents soloist Emanuel Ax in Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2.

012011, Prom 50, Britten, Matthews20110821

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Continuing the Proms Choral Sundays with Mozart's tragic masterpiece which was composed in the final months of his life and left unfinished at his death.

Also on the programme is the young Benjamin Britten's tribute to his teacher, Frank Bridge, and a new work by Colin Matthews which arose out of what the composer describes as an obsession with the First World War.

The work sets texts from the poet, Christopher Reid's Airs and Ditties of No Man's Land which have as their scenario the image of the corpses of two soldiers hanging on the barbed wire of no-man's-land.

As they do so, scraps of song, memories and reflections pass through their minds.

Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony, the group that he founded in 1986, along with the City of London Sinfonia of which he is now the Principal Conductor.

Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge

Colin Matthews: No Man's Land (world premiere)

Emma Bell (soprano)

Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano)

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

James Rutherford (bass)

Polyphony

City of London Sinfonia

Stephen Layton (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 23rd August at 2.30pm.

The City of London Sinfonia and Polyphony in music by Britten and Colin Matthews.

012011, Prom 51, Wagner, Liszt, Volans20110822

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Wagner, Liszt and Brahms's First Symphony from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus the world premiere of Kevin Volans's Piano Concerto for soloist Barry Douglas.

After the familiar strains of Wagner's rousing overture there's a real rarity: Liszt's La notte is an extended version of a piano piece from the Années de pèlerinage to which the composer added a middle section recalling his Hungarian roots.

A late work that he wanted played at his own funeral, it is new to the Proms.

So too is Kevin Volans's concerto, hot off the press and written for tonight's soloist.

Expect the unexpected from a creative figure born in South Africa but now resident in Ireland whose output resists compartmentalisation.

The long shadow of Ludwig van Beethoven inhibited Brahms's early attempts at symphonic writing but he surpassed all expectations with the magnificence of his First Symphony.

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overture

Liszt: La Notte

Kevin Volans: Piano Concerto No.

3 (BBC Commission; World premiere)

Barry Douglas (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 25th August at 2.30pm.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Wagner, Liszt and Volans.

012011, Prom 52, Prokofiev: Symphony No 1. Dutilleux: L'arbre Des Songes20110823

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Valery Gergiev and his London Symphony Orchestra feature pairings of works by Prokofiev and Dutilleux.

Prokofiev is represented by two very contrasted symphonies, the 1st and the 5th, and Dutilleux by a fanfare that he composed for Rostropovich to conduct and a concerto that he wrote for the great American violinist Isaac Stern to play.

Gergiev always has something special to say about Prokofiev and the very different worlds of the Haydn-inspired 1st Symphony (the 'Classical') and the wartime 5th (written in a single month in 1944) are bound to bring out the best in him.

Orchestra and conductor are joined by the virtuoso Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos for Dutilleux's nocturnal concerto, whose title translates as 'The Tree of Dreams'.

Dutilleux celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this year and his music celebrates what he calls 'the joy of sound'.

That joy is certainly apparent in the short fanfare that he composed for Mstislav Rostropovich's 70th birthday, whose spatial arrangement of instruments should suit the Royal Albert Hall perfectly.

Prokofiev: Symphony No.

1 in D major, "Classical"

Henri Dutilleux: L'arbre des songes

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 26th August at 2.30pm.

Valery Gergiev conducts the LSO.

Prokofiev: Symphony No 1.

Dutilleux: L'arbre des songes.

012011, Prom 53, Stravinsky, Ravel20110824

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Sir Colin Davis conducts an orchestra of brilliant young musicians in a programme which ranges from Stravinsky's so-called 'war symphony' via the heady orientalism of Ravel to the dramatic Fate motif of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

The leading American mezzo soprano, Susan Graham joins them for Ravel's vision of the Orient, which is by turns sensuous, voluptuous and erotic.

Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements

Ravel: Shéhérazade

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 31st August at 2.30pm.

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements.

Ravel: Sheherazade.

012011, Prom 56, Strauss20110826

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Mahler's epic Sixth Symphony, the Tragic, complete with fateful hammer blows: Semyon Bychkov

conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Plus an early piano concerto by Richard Strauss.

In Semyon Bychkov's second Prom this season, he conducts one of Mahler's most perfectly realised works, 'the only Sixth, despite the "Pastoral" ', in the words of Alban Berg.

This is music of exceptional range and power, whose hammer-blows seem to portend the crises in Mahler's own life and the wider world.

The curtain-raiser is a mini-concerto with echoes of Brahms and Liszt, especially in its treatment of the piano.Kirill Gerstein, an exceptional artist with roots in jazz as well as the classics, makes his first Proms appearance in the main hall.

R.

Strauss: Burleske

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 28th August at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov and Kirill Gerstein (piano) in Strauss: Burleske.

012011, Prom 57, Hillborg, Mozart20110827

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Distinguished international guests, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman, present top-flight Viennese classics and a post-minimalist work from Sweden.

Anders Hillborg's Cold Heat leavens high-art finesse with the rampaging pulse and flow of street music.

Quite a contrast with the autumnal poise of Mozart's final piano concerto, tonight featuring Maria João Pires, whose Late Night Chopin recital was a highlight of last year's Proms.

After the interval, one of the great pinnacles of Western art music, a work inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution.

Beethoven famously struck out the dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte when the latter declared himself Emperor but the heroic musical drama of the 'Eroica' stands for all time.

Anders Hillborg: Cold Heat (UK premiere)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.

27 in B flat major, K595

Maria João Pires (piano)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

David Zinman (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 29 August at 2pm.

David Zinman leads the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in music by Anders Hillborg and Mozart.

012011, Prom 58, Mendelssohn's Elijah - Part 120110828

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Mendelssohn's oratorio on the Biblical story of the prophet Elijah has been a favourite with English audiences for over 150 years.

Conductor Paul McCreesh breathes new life into it in this performance with period instruments, a raft of enthusiastic choirs and a starry line-up of soloists.

Mendelssohn wrote Elijah for the 1846 Birmingham Festival and clearly set out to write a work in the tradition of his revered Baroque predecessors, Bach and Handel.

Opinions have differed as to whether he succeeded, with some people finding Elijah full of Victorian sentimentality.

Given Paul McCreesh's track record in earlier music, this is the perfect opportunity to hear the work afresh, free of accrued conventions.

Mendelssohn: Elijah - Part 1

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Taplow Youth Choir

Ulster Youth Chamber Choir

Chetham's Chamber Choir

North East Youth Chorale

Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 30 August at 2.30pm.

Paul McCreesh leads the Gabrieli Consort and soloists in Part 1 of Mendelssohn's Elijah.

012011, Prom 60, Mozart20110830

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The young French pianist, David Fray, makes his Proms debut playing a grandly imposing Mozart concerto, and Jaap Van Zweden conducts Bruckner's Eighth Symphony - a momentous musical journey from darkness to life.

Tonight's conductor, Jaap van Zweden, was the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and in that role played almost all the Bruckner symphonies under some of the greatest Bruckner interpreters.

Now the conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he has been recording his own critically-acclaimed cycle of the Bruckner symphonies.

Mozart: Piano Concerto No.

25 in C major, K503

David Fray (piano)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Jaap van Zweden (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 1 September at 2.30pm.

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and soloist David Fray in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 5.

012011, Prom 63, Liszt, Mahler20110902

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the usual 4-movement version of Mahler's First Symphony after the interval, and the extra movement Blumine before it.

And around Blumine are two devilish dances by their compatriot Franz Liszt - continuing the Proms celebrations of his bicentenary this year.

The concert opens with the First Mephisto Waltz (inspired by the demon Mephistopheles who tempts Faust) and the first half ends with Dejan Lazic as the virtuoso soloist in the Totentanz - Dance of Death.

It was in Budapest back in 1889 that Mahler - then Director of the Royal Budapest Opera - conducted the premiere of his First Symphony.

At that point it had 5 movements, not the four we're used to today: in the 1890s Mahler removed a slow movement that he'd called Blumine - 'bouquet of flowers'.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra was only founded in 1983, but it's already universally recognised as one of the world's great orchestras.

Conducted throughout its life by Music Director and joint founder Ivan Fischer, the orchestra has built a reputation for shedding new light on old favourites.

Liszt: Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke (Mephisto Waltz No.

1)

Mahler: Blumine

Liszt: Totentanz

Dejan Lazic (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 4 September at 2pm.

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in music by Liszt and Mahler.

012011, Prom 68, Braunfels, Beethoven20110905

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visits the Proms with its Music Director Manfred Honeck, bringing favourites by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

First on the programme though is a concert rarity: a flamboyant orchestral work by Walther Braunfels, whose career was knocked off course in Nazi Germany.

Although profoundly influenced by Wagner he was also a huge admirer of Berlioz, as is evident in this work.

Beethoven's Fourth Piano concerto, played by Hélène Grimaud, shows the intimate as well as the dramatic side of the composer.

Tchaikovsky's triumphant symphony concludes the programme.

This is the first of two Proms with the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme of Hector Berlioz

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.

4 in G major

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 8 September at 2.30pm.

Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Braunfels and Beethoven.

012011, Prom 72, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky20110908

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

One of the world's great orchestras comes to the Proms with a programme of familiar classics including Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, written for Philadelphia.

Charles Dutoit conducts, and violinist Janine Jansen joins the orchestra for the ever-popular Tchaikovsky Concerto.

These works are bookended by Sibelius's nationalistic tone poem and Ravel's apotheosis of the waltz, a piece whose unstoppable whirling may have been intended as a metaphor for the fate of European civilisation.

Sibelius: Finlandia

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Janine Jansen (violin)

Philadelphia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor).

Charles Dutoit conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra in music by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

012011, Prom 73, Weber's Der Freischutz (acts 1 And 2)20110909

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

A rare chance to hear Weber's opera Der Freischutz, one of the cornerstones of German Romantic opera, reimagined by Berlioz for audiences at the Paris Opera.

As originally composed, the work has spoken dialogue in German but, for the Paris production of 1841, Berlioz - a huge fan of Weber - replaced the dialogue with recitatives as well as adding the ballet expected by French audiences at the time.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts, and tenor Andrew Kennedy as the forester-hero, Max, and the Belgian soprano Sophie Karthauser as his beloved Agathe lead the international cast in this dramatic tale of romance and magic.

Weber: Der Freischütz (French Version, 1841) (Acts 1 and 2)

Andrew Kennedy (Max)

Sophie Karthäuser (Agathe)

Gidon Saks (Kaspar)

Virginie Pochon (Ännchen)

Matthew Brook (Kuno)

Luc Bertin-Hugault (A Hermit)

Christian Pelissier (Zamiel)

Samuel Evans (Kilian)

Robert Davies (Ottokar)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

John Eliot Gardiner conducts a French language version of Weber's opera Der Freischutz.

012011, Prom 74, Last Night Of The Proms: Maxwell Davies, Bartok, Wagner, Liszt20110910

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

Conductor Edward Gardner leads the traditional festivities of the Last Night of the Proms with performers including super-star pianist Lang Lang playing Liszt and soprano Susan Bullock singing Wagner.

Gardner, who is the youngest Last Night conductor since Sir Henry Wood himself on the first Last Night in 1895, brings a youthful verve to the celebrations, and it's an event he's looking forward to greatly: "I was aware of the Last Night as a kid and to be involved is extraordinary." He's joined by leading dramatic soprano Susan Bullock who performs Brunnhilde's famous 'Immolation Scene' which concludes Wagner's epic Ring cycle, as well as leading the customary communal singing after the Interval.

Super-star pianist Lang Lang - the man who's inspired millions of Chinese children to take up the piano - performs Liszt, a composer who he describes as a "rock star" but also a "truly great musician" - words that could equally describe Lang Lang himself.

But it's the Prommers who give the Proms their special atmosphere.

Standing night after night in the arena and the gallery their attentiveness and enthusiasm for the music inspires performers to produce exceptional performances.

They also organise the nightly collection which raises thousands of pounds every year for musical charities.

So it's fitting that this year the party begins with a celebration of the Prommers with a new work by Peter Maxwell Davies commissioned by the Musicians Belevolent Fund who are one of the beneficiaries of the annual collection

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Musica benevolens (Musicians Benevolent Fund commission - World Premiere)

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin - suite

Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Immolation Scene

Liszt: Piano Concerto No.

1 in E flat major

Lang Lang (piano)

Susan Bullock (soprano)

The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Household Division

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein present the Last Night of the Proms.

Music by Wagner, Liszt.

022011, Prom 02, Act 220110716

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty

Antonio Pappano comes to the Proms with his Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, for a rare performance of Rossini's grandest of operas about the legendary founding fathers of Switzerland and the hero who shoots an apple from his son's head.

Michele Pertusi takes the title role and the character of Arnold, one of Rossini's most demanding tenor parts, (complete with numerous high Cs), is sung by the American tenor John Osborn.

Rossini: William Tell, Act II

c.9.00pm

Live Interval (see separate billing)

c.9.20pm

Rossini: William Tell, Acts III and IV

William Tell - Michele Pertusi (baritone)

Arnold Melchthal - John Osborn (tenor)

Walter Furst - Matthew Rose (bass)

Melchthal - Frédéric Caton (bass)

Jemmy - Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano)

Gesler - Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Rodolphe - Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Ruodi - Celso Albelo (tenor)

Leuthold - Mark Stone (baritone)

Mathilde - Malyn Byström (soprano)

Hedwige - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Huntsman - Davide Malvestio (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

From the Royal Albert Hall, Sean Rafferty presents Act 2 of Rossini's William Tell.

02 LAST2011, Prom 05, Beethoven20110718

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and is joined by Proms first-timers Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, and pianist Frank Braley for Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

There's also colourful music by Messiaen alongside the UK premiere of an exciting new work for large orchestra by Pascal Dusapin.

Pascal Dusapin is one of the most exciting contemporary voices around, combining stylistic experimentation with emotional directness.

Dusapin studied briefly with Olivier Messiaen, whose first orchestral work, Les offrandes oubliées, opens the concert.

Beethoven: Concerto in C major for Violin, Cello and Piano (Triple Concerto)

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Frank Braley (piano)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 20 July at 2pm.

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France performs Beethoven's Triple Concerto.

02 LAST2011, Prom 06, Stravinsky20110719

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

The most influential orchestral work of the 20th century is at the heart of tonight's Prom.

Stravinsky's Rite caused a scandal at its premiere in 1913 and still sounds sensational nearly 100 years later.

Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in this riot of orchestral colour.

The first half of the concert pairs works by German Romantics from either end of the 19th century, Weber's Oberon overture and Brahms's beautiful Double Concerto, featuring the brothers Capuçon as soloists.

Brahms's final work for orchestra, the Double Concerto, was in part a gesture of reconciliation towards his friend the violinist Joseph Joachim and makes huge demands on both soloists.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Renaud Capuçon (violin)

Gautier Capuçon (cello)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 21 July at 2pm.

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring.

02 LAST2011, Prom 08, Smetana20110720

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

A Czech evening with Dvorak's Cello Concerto and a Proms first performance for the six symphonic poems of Má vlast by Smetana.

Dvorák's Cello Concerto is full of melody and heartfelt sentiment, to which French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will bring both youthful urgency and intimacy, if his recording with tonight's conductor is anything to go by.

The work is widely regarded as the finest concerto ever written for the instrument.

Nostalgia turns to nationalism in the second half, with Smetana's Má vlast - a glorious musical touchstone for 'the resurrection of the Czech nation, its future happiness and glory'.

Smetana: Má vlast

Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlávek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 22 July at 2pm.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Smetana's Ma vlast.

02 LAST2011, Prom 09, Bartok, Janacek20110721

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two works by Sibelius begin this concert with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé.

Scènes Historiques Suite No 2 reveals the composer's lighter side, opening with The Chase, in which horns are heard through the mist, followed by a wild chase, with impelling rhythms.

The great Seventh Symphony has long been admired for its intensity and concision; its conclusion has been called "the grandest celebration of C major there ever was".

Bartók's last completed concerto was written in conditions of great poverty and adversity during the composer's exile in New York, but none of this is apparent from the work itself., which is generally melodic, mellow, even nostalgic in tone.

It is championed tonight by András Schiff, appearing at the Proms for the first time since his 2006 solo recital.

And, to close, a joyous sequence of sonic snapshots: Janácek's Sinfonietta is his typically bold evocation of a beloved city, the Moravian regional capital, Brno.

Bartók: Piano Concerto No.

3

Janácek: Sinfonietta

András Schiff (piano)

Hallé

Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 24 July at 2pm.

Mark Elder conducts the Halle.

Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3.

Janacek: Sinfonietta.

02 LAST2011, Prom 1, Janacek20110715

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

New British music, Brahms and Liszt and lavish choral works are some of the musical threads which trace their way through the 2011 Proms season and they are all represented in this opening celebration. The performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry line-up of soloists under the baton of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek.

A new work by leading British composer Judith Weir provides the opening flourish - a short choral and orchestral fanfare based on the four words of the title: Stars, Night, Music and Light. Brahms and Liszt not only form a witty partnership in rhyming slang they are both in their own ways at the core of European music in the 19th Century and many of their major works appear throughout the season. Tonight's concert includes Brahms's festive overture and Liszt's virtuosic concerto performed by young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who makes his Proms debut. After the interval Belohlavek leads orchestra, chorus and soloists in Janacek's extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

Hibla Gerzmava (soprano)

Dagmar Peckova (mezzo-soprano)

Stefan Vinke (tenor)

Jan Martiník (bass)

David Goode (organ)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 18 July at 2pm.

The First Night of the 2011 Proms concludes with Janacek's Glagolitic Mass.

New British music, Brahms and Liszt and lavish choral works are some of the musical threads which trace their way through the 2011 Proms season and they are all represented in this opening celebration.

The performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry line-up of soloists under the baton of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek.

A new work by leading British composer Judith Weir provides the opening flourish - a short choral and orchestral fanfare based on the four words of the title: Stars, Night, Music and Light.

Brahms and Liszt not only form a witty partnership in rhyming slang they are both in their own ways at the core of European music in the 19th Century and many of their major works appear throughout the season.

Tonight's concert includes Brahms's festive overture and Liszt's virtuosic concerto performed by young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who makes his Proms debut.

After the interval Belohlavek leads orchestra, chorus and soloists in Janacek's extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.

02 LAST2011, Prom 23, Liszt20110801

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Energy and Romantic drive characterise the music of tonight's Prom with the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Stephen Hough. Beethoven's exhilarating Fourth Symphony is the perfect curtain-raiser to Saint-Saëns's sparkling Fifth Piano Concerto, with its colourful reminiscences of his foreign travels. The second half continues this season's anniversary exploration of Liszt's major works with his turbulent Dante Symphony, bringing to vivid musical life the dark world of the Inferno and Purgatorio sections of the Italian Renaissance poet's Divine Comedy.

Liszt: Dante Symphony

Stephen Hough (piano)

Julia Doyle (soprano)

CBSO Chorus (women's voices)

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 4th August at 2pm.

BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda in Liszt's Dante Symphony.

Energy and Romantic drive characterise the music of tonight's Prom with the BBC Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda and pianist Stephen Hough.

Beethoven's exhilarating Fourth Symphony is the perfect curtain-raiser to Saint-Saëns's sparkling Fifth Piano Concerto, with its colourful reminiscences of his foreign travels.

The second half continues this season's anniversary exploration of Liszt's major works with his turbulent Dante Symphony, bringing to vivid musical life the dark world of the Inferno and Purgatorio sections of the Italian Renaissance poet's Divine Comedy.

02 LAST2011, Prom 32, Mahler20110807

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Christian Tetzlaff plays Brahms' great Violin Concerto, with Edward Gardner conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

And four top soloists and the BBC Singers join for the orchestra for the original version of Mahler's rarely-heard Das klagende Lied.

Featured artist Christian Tetzlaff has played many of the great violin concertos but this is his first Proms performance of the big-boned, technically demanding work by Brahms, all of whose concertos can be heard during this Proms season.

With his early Das klagende Lied, Mahler hit upon his own unique style.

Tonight's account includes 'Waldmärchen', the emotive first panel dealing with the quest of brother knights for a flower that will win a queen's hand but leads to sibling murder.

The score of this original three-part version of the work resurfaced as recently as 1969.

Mahler: Das klagende Lied (original version)

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Melanie Diener (soprano)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)

Stuart Skelton (tenor)

Christopher Purves (baritone)

Augustus Bell (treble)

Matthew Lloyd-Wilson (treble)

Oluwatimilehin Otudeko (treble)

Theodore Beeny (treble)

Thomas Fetherstonhaugh (treble)

Timothy Fairbairn (treble)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 11th August at 2pm.

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC SO, Singers and soloists in Mahler's Das klagende Lied.

02 LAST2011, Prom 42, Swan Lake - Acts 2 And 320110815

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Valery Gergiev brings the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre to the Proms with music from their homeland.

Two years ago their performance of Tchaikovsky's ballet-score The Sleeping Beauty was a highlight of the season.

This year they bring another of Tchaikovsky's great dance works, Swan Lake.

Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and his love for the Swan Queen, Odette.

She and her swan retinue are human beings under the spell of an evil sorcerer - swans by day, human beings by night.

The story of how the terrible spell is eventually broken and Siegfried and Odette united for ever is one of the most romantic and passionate tales told in the world of ballet.

Tchaikovsky's score is both vivid and subtle, especially when, as this evening, it is heard complete, rather than in the more often heard suite.

Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Acts 2 and 3

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre

Valery Gergiev (conductor).

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre performs Acts 2 and 3 of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

02 LAST2011, Prom 44, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky20110817

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

An all-Russian programme, beginning with a four-movement suite taken from the first ballet score that Shostakovich wrote - The Age of Gold.

The ballet itself was a failure - unlike the other dance work represented in this evening's concert, Petrushka.

It is one of the great 20th-century ballets and its story of a puppet who comes to life elicited a colourful, masterly and hugely influential score from the young Stravinsky.

The final music on the programme is by one of Stravinsky's heroes, Tchaikovsky.

His special brand of passion, energy and lyricism is a perfect match for the story of Francesca da Rimini - the heroine of a murderous tale from Dante's Divine Comedy.

The relationship between London's Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Esa-Pekka Salonen has deepened and matured in the three seasons that they've been together.

They bring the fruits of this relationship to the Proms, including Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto with former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947 version)

Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Philharmonic Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 19th August 2011 at 2.20pm.

The Philharmonia performs Stravinsky's Petrushka and Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini.

02 LAST2011, Prom 47, Piano Concerto No 120110819

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and in tonight's Prom, with the conductor Bernard Haitink, focuses on the expressive musical world of Brahms.

The Third Symphony is generally upbeat, but the energy of the final movement floats away to a quiet and elusive end.

The First Piano Concerto is bound up with Brahms's intense friendship with Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, and his sense of loss at Schumann's tragic downward spiral into madness.

Emanuel Ax is the soloist, a pianist renowned for his sensitive interpretations, and he rejoins the orchestra for more Brahms tomorrow.

Haitink, a distinguished interpreter of Brahms, admires the COE's ability to play together like chamber musicians.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No.

1 in D minor

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 24th August at 2.25pm.

Emanuel Ax performs Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor.

02 LAST2011, Prom 49, Brahms - Symphony No 420110820

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and pianist Emanuel Ax in music by Brahms.

In their second concert of Brahms's masterworks at this year's Proms, they open with a work long central to Emanuel Ax's repertoire.

Brahms's Second Piano Concerto is on a grand Romantic scale and makes huge technical demands on the soloist.

After the interval, the composer's astonishing final symphony, where the balance between expressiveness and structural control is most perfectly maintained.

Brahms: Symphony No.

4 in E minor

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Bernard Haitink (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 22nd August at 2pm.

Bernard Haitink conducts the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Brahms's Symphony No 4.

02 LAST2011, Prom 50, Mozart20110821

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Continuing the Proms Choral Sundays with Mozart's tragic masterpiece which was composed in the final months of his life and left unfinished at his death.

Also on the programme is the young Benjamin Britten's tribute to his teacher, Frank Bridge, and a new work by Colin Matthews which arose out of what the composer describes as an obsession with the First World War.

The work sets texts from the poet, Christopher Reid's Airs and Ditties of No Man's Land which have as their scenario the image of the corpses of two soldiers hanging on the barbed wire of no-man's-land.

As they do so, scraps of song, memories and reflections pass through their minds.

Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony, the group that he founded in 1986, along with the City of London Sinfonia of which he is now the Principal Conductor.

Mozart (compl.

Süssmayr): Requiem in D minor

Emma Bell (soprano)

Renata Pokupic (mezzo-soprano)

Ian Bostridge (tenor)

Roderick Williams (baritone)

James Rutherford (bass)

Polyphony

City of London Sinfonia

Stephen Layton (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 23rd August at 2.30pm.

Stephen Layton conducts Polyphony and the City of London Sinfonia in Mozart's Requiem.

02 LAST2011, Prom 51, Brahms20110822

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Wagner, Liszt and Brahms's First Symphony from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus the world premiere of Kevin Volans's Piano Concerto for soloist Barry Douglas.

After the familiar strains of Wagner's rousing overture there's a real rarity: Liszt's La notte is an extended version of a piano piece from the Années de pèlerinage to which the composer added a middle section recalling his Hungarian roots.

A late work that he wanted played at his own funeral, it is new to the Proms.

So too is Kevin Volans's concerto, hot off the press and written for tonight's soloist.

Expect the unexpected from a creative figure born in South Africa but now resident in Ireland whose output resists compartmentalisation.

The long shadow of Ludwig van Beethoven inhibited Brahms's early attempts at symphonic writing but he surpassed all expectations with the magnificence of his First Symphony.

Brahms: Symphony No.

1 in C minor

Barry Douglas (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 25th August at 2.30pm.

Jiri Belohlavek conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Brahms's great First Symphony.

02 LAST2011, Prom 52, Dutilleux: Slava's Fanfare. Prokofiev: Symphony No 520110823

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Valery Gergiev and his London Symphony Orchestra feature pairings of works by Prokofiev and Dutilleux.

Prokofiev is represented by two very contrasted symphonies, the 1st and the 5th, and Dutilleux by a fanfare that he composed for Rostropovich to conduct and a concerto that he wrote for the great American violinist Isaac Stern to play.

Gergiev always has something special to say about Prokofiev and the very different worlds of the Haydn-inspired 1st Symphony (the 'Classical') and the wartime 5th (written in a single month in 1944) are bound to bring out the best in him.

Orchestra and conductor are joined by the virtuoso Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos for Dutilleux's nocturnal concerto, whose title translates as 'The Tree of Dreams'.

Dutilleux celebrated his 95th birthday earlier this year and his music celebrates what he calls 'the joy of sound'.

That joy is certainly apparent in the short fanfare that he composed for Mstislav Rostropovich's 70th birthday, whose spatial arrangement of instruments should suit the Royal Albert Hall perfectly.

Henri Dutilleux: Slava's Fanfare

Prokofiev: Symphony No.

5 in B flat major

Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 26th August at 2.30pm.

Valery Gergiev conducts the LSO.

Dutilleux: Slava's Fanfare.

Prokofiev: Symphony No 5.

02 LAST2011, Prom 53, Tchaikovsky20110824

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Sir Colin Davis conducts an orchestra of brilliant young musicians in a programme which ranges from Stravinsky's so-called 'war symphony' via the heady orientalism of Ravel to the dramatic Fate motif of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

The leading American mezzo soprano, Susan Graham joins them for Ravel's vision of the Orient, which is by turns sensuous, voluptuous and erotic.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.

4 in F minor

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 31st August at 2.30pm.

Colin Davis conducts the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

02 LAST2011, Prom 56, Mahler20110826

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Mahler's epic Sixth Symphony, the Tragic, complete with fateful hammer blows: Semyon Bychkov

conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Plus an early piano concerto by Richard Strauss.

In Semyon Bychkov's second Prom this season, he conducts one of Mahler's most perfectly realised works, 'the only Sixth, despite the "Pastoral" ', in the words of Alban Berg.

This is music of exceptional range and power, whose hammer-blows seem to portend the crises in Mahler's own life and the wider world.

The curtain-raiser is a mini-concerto with echoes of Brahms and Liszt, especially in its treatment of the piano.Kirill Gerstein, an exceptional artist with roots in jazz as well as the classics, makes his first Proms appearance in the main hall.

Mahler: Symphony No.

6 in A minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 28th August at 2pm.

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 6 in A minor.

02 LAST2011, Prom 57, Beethoven20110827

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Distinguished international guests, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and David Zinman, present top-flight Viennese classics and a post-minimalist work from Sweden.

Anders Hillborg's Cold Heat leavens high-art finesse with the rampaging pulse and flow of street music.

Quite a contrast with the autumnal poise of Mozart's final piano concerto, tonight featuring Maria João Pires, whose Late Night Chopin recital was a highlight of last year's Proms.

After the interval, one of the great pinnacles of Western art music, a work inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution.

Beethoven famously struck out the dedication to Napoleon Bonaparte when the latter declared himself Emperor but the heroic musical drama of the 'Eroica' stands for all time.

Beethoven: Symphony No.

3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Maria João Pires (piano)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

David Zinman (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 29 August at 2pm.

David Zinman leads the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in Beethoven's Symphony No 3 in E Flat.

02 LAST2011, Prom 58, Mendelssohn's Elijah - Part 220110828

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Mendelssohn's oratorio on the Biblical story of the prophet Elijah has been a favourite with English audiences for over 150 years.

Conductor Paul McCreesh breathes new life into it in this performance with period instruments, a raft of enthusiastic choirs and a starry line-up of soloists.

Mendelssohn wrote Elijah for the 1846 Birmingham Festival and clearly set out to write a work in the tradition of his revered Baroque predecessors, Bach and Handel.

Opinions have differed as to whether he succeeded, with some people finding Elijah full of Victorian sentimentality.

Given Paul McCreesh's track record in earlier music, this is the perfect opportunity to hear the work afresh, free of accrued conventions.

Mendelssohn: Elijah - Part 2

Rosemary Joshua (soprano)

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)

Robert Murray (tenor)

Simon Keenlyside (baritone)

Taplow Youth Choir

Ulster Youth Chamber Choir

Chetham's Chamber Choir

North East Youth Chorale

Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 30 August at 2.30pm.

Penny Gore presents Part 2 of Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah.

02 LAST2011, Prom 60, Bruckner20110830

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

The young French pianist, David Fray, makes his Proms debut playing a grandly imposing Mozart concerto, and Jaap Van Zweden conducts Bruckner's Eighth Symphony - a momentous musical journey from darkness to life.

Tonight's conductor, Jaap van Zweden, was the youngest ever concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and in that role played almost all the Bruckner symphonies under some of the greatest Bruckner interpreters.

Now the conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, he has been recording his own critically-acclaimed cycle of the Bruckner symphonies.

Bruckner: Symphony No.

8 in C minor

David Fray (piano)

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Jaap van Zweden (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 1 September at 2.30pm.

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden in Bruckner: Symphony No 8.

02 LAST2011, Prom 63, Mahler20110902

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the usual 4-movement version of Mahler's First Symphony after the interval, and the extra movement Blumine before it.

And around Blumine are two devilish dances by their compatriot Franz Liszt - continuing the Proms celebrations of his bicentenary this year.

The concert opens with the First Mephisto Waltz (inspired by the demon Mephistopheles who tempts Faust) and the first half ends with Dejan Lazic as the virtuoso soloist in the Totentanz - Dance of Death.

It was in Budapest back in 1889 that Mahler - then Director of the Royal Budapest Opera - conducted the premiere of his First Symphony.

At that point it had 5 movements, not the four we're used to today: in the 1890s Mahler removed a slow movement that he'd called Blumine - 'bouquet of flowers'.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra was only founded in 1983, but it's already universally recognised as one of the world's great orchestras.

Conducted throughout its life by Music Director and joint founder Ivan Fischer, the orchestra has built a reputation for shedding new light on old favourites.

Mahler: Symphony No.

1 in D major

Dejan Lazic (piano)

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 4 September at 2pm.

Ivan Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D.

02 LAST2011, Prom 68, Tchaikovsky20110905

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visits the Proms with its Music Director Manfred Honeck, bringing favourites by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

First on the programme though is a concert rarity: a flamboyant orchestral work by Walther Braunfels, whose career was knocked off course in Nazi Germany.

Although profoundly influenced by Wagner he was also a huge admirer of Berlioz, as is evident in this work.

Beethoven's Fourth Piano concerto, played by Hélène Grimaud, shows the intimate as well as the dramatic side of the composer.

Tchaikovsky's triumphant symphony concludes the programme.

This is the first of two Proms with the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.

5 in E minor

Hélène Grimaud (piano)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 8 September at 2.30pm.

Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5.

02 LAST2011, Prom 72, Rachmaninov, Ravel20110908

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

One of the world's great orchestras comes to the Proms with a programme of familiar classics including Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, written for Philadelphia.

Charles Dutoit conducts, and violinist Janine Jansen joins the orchestra for the ever-popular Tchaikovsky Concerto.

These works are bookended by Sibelius's nationalistic tone poem and Ravel's apotheosis of the waltz, a piece whose unstoppable whirling may have been intended as a metaphor for the fate of European civilisation.

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Ravel: La valse

Janine Jansen (violin)

Philadelphia Orchestra

Charles Dutoit (conductor).

Philadelphia Orchestra/Charles Dutoit.

02 LAST2011, Prom 73, Weber's Der Freischutz (act 3)20110909

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

A rare chance to hear Weber's opera Der Freischutz, one of the cornerstones of German Romantic opera, reimagined by Berlioz for audiences at the Paris Opera.

As originally composed, the work has spoken dialogue in German but, for the Paris production of 1841, Berlioz - a huge fan of Weber - replaced the dialogue with recitatives as well as adding the ballet expected by French audiences at the time.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts, and tenor Andrew Kennedy as the forester-hero, Max, and the Belgian soprano Sophie Karthauser as his beloved Agathe lead the international cast in this dramatic tale of romance and magic.

Weber: Der Freischütz (Act 3)

Andrew Kennedy (Max)

Sophie Karthäuser (Agathe)

Gidon Saks (Kaspar)

Virginie Pochon (Ännchen)

Matthew Brook (Kuno)

Luc Bertin-Hugault (A Hermit)

Christian Pelissier (Zamiel)

Samuel Evans (Kilian)

Robert Davies (Ottokar)

Monteverdi Choir

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

Martin Handley presents Act 3 of Weber's opera Der Freischutz.

02 LAST2011, Prom 74, Last Night Of The Proms: Chopin, Grainger, Britten, Rodgers, Elgar, Arne, Parry20110910

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

Conductor Edward Gardner leads the traditional festivities of the Last Night of the Proms with performers including super-star pianist Lang Lang playing Liszt and soprano Susan Bullock singing Wagner.

Gardner, who is the youngest Last Night conductor since Sir Henry Wood himself on the first Last Night in 1895, brings a youthful verve to the celebrations, and it's an event he's looking forward to greatly: "I was aware of the Last Night as a kid and to be involved is extraordinary." He's joined by leading dramatic soprano Susan Bullock who performs Brunnhilde's famous 'Immolation Scene' which concludes Wagner's epic Ring cycle, as well as leading the customary communal singing after the Interval.

Super-star pianist Lang Lang - the man who's inspired millions of Chinese children to take up the piano - performs Liszt, a composer who he describes as a "rock star" but also a "truly great musician" - words that could equally describe Lang Lang himself.

But it's the Prommers who give the Proms their special atmosphere.

Standing night after night in the arena and the gallery their attentiveness and enthusiasm for the music inspires performers to produce exceptional performances.

They also organise the nightly collection which raises thousands of pounds every year for musical charities.

So it's fitting that this year the party begins with a celebration of the Prommers with a new work by Peter Maxwell Davies commissioned by the Musicians Belevolent Fund who are one of the beneficiaries of the annual collection

Chopin: Grande Polonaise brillante, Op.

22

Grainger: Mo nighean dubh (My Dark-Haired Maiden)

Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Rodgers: The Sound of Music - 'Climb ev'ry mountain'

Rodgers: Carousel - 'You'll never walk alone'

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No.

1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory')

Arne: Rule Britannia

Parry (orch.

Elgar): Jerusalem

The National Anthem

Lang Lang (piano)

Susan Bullock (soprano)

The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Household Division

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Gardner (conductor).

Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein present the conclusion of the Last Night of the Proms.

03 LAST2011, Prom 02, Acts 3 And 420110716

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty

Antonio Pappano comes to the Proms with his Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, for a rare performance of Rossini's grandest of operas about the legendary founding fathers of Switzerland and the hero who shoots an apple from his son's head.

Michele Pertusi takes the title role and the character of Arnold, one of Rossini's most demanding tenor parts, (complete with numerous high Cs), is sung by the American tenor John Osborn.

Rossini: William Tell, Acts III and IV

William Tell - Michele Pertusi (baritone)

Arnold Melchthal - John Osborn (tenor)

Walter Furst - Matthew Rose (bass)

Melchthal - Frédéric Caton (bass)

Jemmy - Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano)

Gesler - Nicolas Courjal (bass)

Rodolphe - Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Ruodi - Celso Albelo (tenor)

Leuthold - Mark Stone (baritone)

Mathilde - Malyn Byström (soprano)

Hedwige - Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano)

Huntsman - Davide Malvestio (bass)

Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome

Antonio Pappano (conductor).

From the Royal Albert Hall, Sean Rafferty presents Act 3 and 4 of Rossini's William Tell.

20112011, Proms Chamber Music, Pcm 01 - Bach's Goldberg Variations20110723

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) performs Bach's masterwork the Goldberg Variations.

2011101 - Debussy, Ravel20110722

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Juanjo Mena, the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, makes his Proms debut with a glittering and inventive Franco-Spanish programme.

Debussy's three evocative Images are interspersed with equally colourful impressions of Spain by Ravel, while Falla supplies the authentic Spanish experience with his haunting depiction of the sights, sounds and scents of Andalusia and the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Debussy: Images - Gigues

Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole

Debussy: Images - Rondes de printemps

Steven Osborne (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 25 July at 2pm.

Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic in music by Debussy and Ravel.

2011102 - Ravel, Falla, Debussy20110722

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Juanjo Mena, the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, makes his Proms debut with a glittering and inventive Franco-Spanish programme.

Debussy's three evocative Images are intespersed with equally colourful impressions of Spain by Ravel, while Falla supplies the authentic Spanish experience with his haunting depiction of the sights, sounds and scents of Andalusia and the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada.

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso

Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Debussy: Images - Ibéria

Steven Osborne (piano)

BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 25 July at 2pm.

BBC Philharmonic in music by Ravel, Falla (with Steven Osborne - piano) and Debussy.

201111Human Planet - Part 120110723

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Music composed by Nitin Sawhney for the acclaimed BBC One series 'Human Planet', alongside artists from across the globe who featured in Radio 3's accompanying series 'Music Planet'.

Charles Hazlewood conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, whose players also make an appearance as the Scrapheap Orchestra, with instruments created from junk objects.

'Human Planet' was the first BBC Natural History series to focus on the human race, demonstrating how people around the world have adapted to sometimes harsh environments to survive.

'Music Planet' visited the same locations and environments, and explored the music of those places.

The TV score is interleaved with Music Planet artists, starting with the mighty voice of Greenland's Rasmus Lyberth, followed by Zambian singer and storyteller Enock Mbongwe, and Mongolian throat-singers Khusugtun.

Later on, Ayarkhaan, three women from the Sakha Republic, create a thunderous sound from their mouth harps, and the Bibilang Shark-Calling Group perform their unique repertoire of songs for shark hunting.

The project to create a Scrapheap Orchestra from junk and found objects will be the subject of a television film to be broadcast on BBC FOUR in the autumn.

Part One

Enock Mbongwe

Ayarkhaan

Bibilang Shark-Calling Group

Khusugtun

Rasmus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor).

A Prom featuring music for the BBC series Human Planet and Music Planet.

Music from Human Planet

--:-- Nitin Sawhney — Music Planet (Title Sequence)

Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: Charles Hazlewood

--:-- Rasmus Lyberth — Malugaara ilunni (I Can Feel It in My Soul)

Performers: Rasmus Lyberth (voice/guitar), Christian Soegaard (accordion), Jane Clark (violin)

--:-- Rasmus Lyberth — Inuuneq nutaaq (New Life)

--:-- Nitin Sawhney — One People – One Planet

--:-- Enock Mbongwe — Luyando (Going to a Funeral)

Performers: Enock Mbongwe (voice/kalumbu (musical bow))

--:-- Enock Mbongwe — Tulumbe mwami (Devil Song)

--:-- Nitin Sawhney — Children, Animals and Action!

--:-- Khusugtun — Tes golyn magtaal (Praise for the River Tes)--:-- Khusugtun — Toroi Bandi--:-- Khusugtun — Mongol

201111Human Planet - Part 220110723

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Music composed by Nitin Sawhney for the acclaimed BBC One series 'Human Planet', alongside artists from across the globe who featured in Radio 3's accompanying series 'Music Planet'.

Charles Hazlewood conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, whose players also make an appearance as the Scrapheap Orchestra, with instruments created from junk objects.

'Human Planet' was the first BBC Natural History series to focus on the human race, demonstrating how people around the world have adapted to sometimes harsh environments to survive.

'Music Planet' visited the same locations and environments, and explored the music of those places.

The TV score is interleaved with Music Planet artists, starting with the mighty voice of Greenland's Rasmus Lyberth, followed by Zambian singer and storyteller Enock Mbongwe, and Mongolian throat-singers Khusugtun.

Later on, Ayarkhaan, three women from the Sakha Republic, create a thunderous sound from their mouth harps, and the Bibilang Shark-Calling Group perform their unique repertoire of songs for shark hunting.

The project to create a Scrapheap Orchestra from junk and found objects will be the subject of a television film to be broadcast on BBC FOUR in the autumn.

Part Two

Enock Mbongwe

Ayarkhaan

Bibilang Shark-Calling Group

Khusugtun

Rasmus

BBC Concert Orchestra

Charles Hazlewood (conductor).

Conclusion of a Prom featuring music for the BBC series Human Planet and Music Planet.

2011151 - Kodaly, Bartok20110726

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

The dynamic Vladimir Jurowksi conducts the London Philharmonic in an all-Hungarian programme, including a rare performance of the Goethe-inspired Faust Symphony by Franz Liszt, one of this year's featured composers.

The multi award winning pianist, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, plays one of the most technically challenging of all piano concertos, and the programme opens with Kodaly's effervescent dances.

After declaring for years that: 'Anything to do with Goethe is dangerous to handle,' Liszt finally found inspiration for his 'three character portraits' after a visit from the novelist, George Eliot.

The symphony concludes with a grandiose setting of the 'Chorus mysticus' unheard at the Proms since 1967.

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta

Bartok: Piano Concerto No.1

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Marco Jentzsch (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir (men's voices)

London Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th July at 2pm.

Vladimir Jurowski leads the London Philharmonic in music by Kodaly and Bartok.

2011152 - Liszt20110726

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

The dynamic Vladimir Jurowksi conducts the London Philharmonic in an all-Hungarian programme, including a rare performance of the Goethe-inspired Faust Symphony by Franz Liszt, one of this year's featured composers.

The multi award winning pianist, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, plays one of the most technically challenging of all piano concertos, and the programme opens with Kodaly's effervescent dances.

After declaring for years that: 'Anything to do with Goethe is dangerous to handle,' Liszt finally found inspiration for his 'three character portraits' after a visit from the novelist, George Eliot.

The symphony concludes with a grandiose setting of the 'Chorus mysticus' unheard at the Proms since 1967.

Liszt: A Faust Symphony

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

Marco Jentzsch (tenor)

London Philharmonic Choir (men's voices)

London Symphony Chorus (men's voices)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th July at 2pm.

Vladimir Jurowksi conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Liszt's Faust Symphony.

2011161 - Berlioz, Faure, Dusapin20110727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

French connections abound in the first of two proms given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer.

Berlioz's dramatic Corsaire overture and Fauré's elegant Pavane preface the UK premiere of a new quartet concerto by Pascal Dusapin.

Stravinsky's blazing Firebird, premiered in Paris for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, completes the programme.

Dusapin (b.1955) is one of the leading composers in France today.

His new quartet, written for the Arditti Quartet, uses orchestral forces to expand the territory of the soloists.

Dusapin explores the relationship between the orchestra and soloists, with musical ideas migrating from the quartet to the orchestral forces behind.

Berlioz: Overture 'Le corsaire'

Fauré: Pavane

Pascal: Dusapin: String Quartet no.6, 'Hinterland'

('Hapax' for string quartet and orchestra)

Arditti Quartet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 29th July at 2pm.

Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC NOW in music by Berlioz, Faure and Dusapin.

2011162 - Stravinsky20110727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

French connections abound in the first of two proms given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer.

Berlioz's dramatic Corsaire overture and Fauré's elegant Pavane preface the UK premiere of a new quartet concerto by Pascal Dusapin.

Stravinsky's blazing Firebird, premiered in Paris for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, completes the programme.

Dusapin (b.1955) is one of the leading composers in France today.

His new quartet, written for the Arditti Quartet, uses orchestral forces to expand the territory of the soloists.

Dusapin explores the relationship between the orchestra and soloists, with musical ideas migrating from the quartet to the orchestral forces behind.

Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete ballet)

Arditti Quartet

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 29th July at 2pm.

Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Stravinsky's The Firebird.

201117World Routes Academy20110727

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Lucy Duran

For the 2011 World Routes Academy, acclaimed South Indian singer Aruna Sairam and her protégé, London born veena player Hari Sivanesan, present a concert of the classical music of South India.

Having worked together as mentor and protégé both in India and the UK throughout 2011, Aruna Sairam and Hari Sivanesan bring a unique programme of music for the voice and the veena, drawing on centuries of musical tradition.

The World Routes Academy aims to support and inspire young UK based world music artists by bringing them together with an internationally renowned artist in the same field and belonging to the same tradition.

BBC Radio 3 appointed young London born veena player Hari Sivanesan as its 2011 World Routes Academy protégé and paired him up with mentor Aruna Sairam, who is based in Chennai, and is regarded as the leading South Indian female vocalist of her generation.

Set 1: Hari Sivanesan (veena)

Pirashanna Thevarajah (percussion)

Set 2: Aruna Sairam (vocalist)

Set 3: Aruna Sairam (vocalist)

Hari Sivanesan (veena with percussion and mrindangam)

Aruna Sairam (vocals)

Hari Sivanesan (veena)

Patri Satish Kumar (mrindangam)

Bangalore RN Prakash (ghatam)

Jyotsna Srikanth (violin).

Vocalist Aruna Sairam and veena player Hari Sivanesan in South Indian classical music.

2011181 - Beethoven, Dalbavie20110728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Renowned flautist Emmanuel Pahud joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Thierry Fischer for two major new concertos.

Framing them are two of Beethoven's most inventive and joyous symphonies.

Carter's Flute Concerto is a dazzling creation.

Written in 2008 at the age of 99, it contrasts the flute's lyrical qualities with a percussive orchestral texture.

Dalbavie set out to write a homage to Debussy, and whilst his concerto is certainly rooted in the great French tradition, it's also full of fireworks and exploding excitement.

Beethoven: Symphony no.

1 in C major

Marc-André Dalbavie: Flute Concerto (London premiere)

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 31st July at 2pm.

Thierry Fischer conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Beethoven and Dalbavie.

2011182 - Carter, Beethoven20110728

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Renowned flautist Emmanuel Pahud joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Thierry Fischer for two major new concertos.

Framing them are two of Beethoven's most inventive and joyous symphonies.

Carter's Flute Concerto is a dazzling creation.

Written in 2008 at the age of 99, it contrasts the flute's lyrical qualities with a percussive orchestral texture.

Dalbavie set out to write a homage to Debussy, and whilst his concerto is certainly rooted in the great French tradition, it's also full of fireworks and exploding excitement.

Elliott Carter: Flute Concerto (UK premiere)

Beethoven: Symphony no.

7 in A major

Emmanuel Pahud (flute)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Thierry Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 31st July at 2pm.

Thierry Fischer leads the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Elliott Carter and Beethoven.

2011191 - Honegger, Bridge, Berg20110729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A typically thought-provoking programme from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Association, Oliver Knussen, showcasing pieces rarely heard in the concert hall alongside 20th-century classics.

All the composers are masters of orchestral colour, and each creates a unique and concentrated soundworld.

Arthur Honegger's depictions of a steam locomotive and pastoral idyll are followed by Frank Bridge's quietly anguished Shakespearean scene of death by drowning (from Hamlet) and the splintered, wintry fluidity of Italian composer Niccolò Castiglioni.

Soprano Claire Booth (who made her professional debut in the music of Knussen) sings Berg's heady paean to the restorative powers of fermented grape juice.

And the concert closes with Debussy's astonishing, inspirational evocation of shifting seas.

Honegger: Pacific 231

Honegger: Pastorale d'été

Bridge: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook

Berg: Der Wein

Claire Booth (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 1st August at 2pm.

Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Honegger, Bridge and Berg.

2011192 - Castiglioni, Debussy20110729

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A typically thought-provoking programme from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Association, Oliver Knussen, showcasing pieces rarely heard in the concert hall alongside 20th-century classics.

All the composers are masters of orchestral colour, and each creates a unique and concentrated soundworld.

Arthur Honegger's depictions of a steam locomotive and pastoral idyll are followed by Frank Bridge's quietly anguished Shakespearean scene of death by drowning (from Hamlet) and the splintered, wintry fluidity of Italian composer Niccolò Castiglioni.

Soprano Claire Booth (who made her professional debut in the music of Knussen) sings Berg's heady paean to the restorative powers of fermented grape juice.

And the concert closes with Debussy's astonishing, inspirational evocation of shifting seas.

Castiglioni: Inverno in-ver

Debussy: La Mer

Claire Booth (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Oliver Knussen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 1st August at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oliver Knussen.

201120Horrible Histories - Part 120110730

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sarah Walker

The Proms teams up with CBBC's popular television series "Horrible Histories" for a family concert of songs by Richie Webb and stories and orchestral favourites, including music by Richard Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Vaughan-Williams, Berlioz, Handel, Lully, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

It all adds up to a horrible history of classical music!

Part 1

Mathew Baynton (actor)

Simon Farnaby (actor)

Martha Howe-Douglas (actor)

Jim Howick (actor)

Laurence Rickard (actor)

Ben Willbond (actor)

Rattus Rattus (presenter)

Louise Fryer (presenter)

Choirs from The Music Centre

Kids Company Choir

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (Conductor).

The first part of a children's Prom, with the television series Horrible Histories.

201120Horrible Histories - Part 220110730

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sarah Walker

The Proms teams up with CBBC's popular television series "Horrible Histories" for a free family concert of songs by Richie Webb and stories and orchestral favourites, including music by Richard Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Vaughan-Williams, Berlioz, Handel, Lully, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

It all adds up to a horrible history of classical music!

Part 2

Mathew Baynton (actor)

Simon Farnaby (actor)

Martha Howe-Douglas (actor)

Jim Howick (actor)

Laurence Rickard (actor)

Ben Willbond (actor)

Rattus Rattus (presenter)

Louise Fryer (presenter)

Choirs from The Music Centre

Kids Company Choir

Aurora Orchestra

Nicholas Collon (Conductor).

The conclusion of a children's Prom, with the BBC TV series Horrible Histories.

2011211 - Strauss, Walton20110730

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

A Prom full of orchestral spectacle and panache.

The centrepiece is Prokofiev's patriotic cantata based on music he wrote for Eisenstein's film about the epic struggles of the medieval Russian hero, Alexander Nevsky.

Richard Strauss's hero, Don Juan, is less bloodthirsty but every bit as colourful, while Salome is one of Strauss's most seductive heroines.

Violinist Midori joins the CBSO and Andris Nelsons for Walton's Concerto - a dramatic and lyrical work that makes huge technical demands on the soloist.

R.Strauss: Don Juan

Walton:Violin Concerto

Midori (violin)

Nadezhda Serdiuk (mezzo-soprano)

CBSO Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 2nd August at 2pm.

CBSO under Andris Nelsons.

Strauss: Don Juan.

Walton: Violin Concerto (soloist: Midori).

2011212 - Prokofiev, Strauss20110730

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Rob Cowan

A Prom full of orchestral spectacle and panache.

The centrepiece is Prokofiev's patriotic cantata based on music he wrote for Eisenstein's film about the epic struggles of the medieval Russian hero, Alexander Nevsky.

Richard Strauss's hero, Don Juan, is less bloodthirsty but every bit as colourful, while Salome is one of Strauss's most seductive heroines.

Violinist Midori joins the CBSO and Andris Nelsons for Walton's Concerto - a dramatic and lyrical work that makes huge technical demands on the soloist.

Prokofiev:Alexander Nevsky - cantata

R.Strauss: Salome - Dance of the Seven Veils

Midori (violin)

Nadezhda Serdiuk (mezzo-soprano)

CBSO Chorus

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 2nd August at 2pm.

Andris Nelsons conducts the CBSO in music by Prokofiev and Strauss.

2011221 - Rachmaninov: Spring, Women's And Men's Dances (aleko), Three Russian Songs20110731

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The third Proms Choral Sunday explores the unique sound world of Rachmaninov.

Three contrasting short works are framed by his cantata, Spring, which he composed in 1902 just after his famous Second Piano Concerto, and the evocative choral symphony, The Bells, composed a decade later.

The Russian text of Spring tells of a man who harbours murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter, but is released from his anger and frustration by the return of spring.

For The Bells, Rachmaninov turned to a Russian translation of poems by Edgar Allan Poe, and the work's four movements mirror the human life span from birth to death through the 'Silver Sleigh Bells', 'Mellow Wedding Bells', 'Loud Alarum Bells' and 'Mournful Iron Bells'.

Rachmaninov: Spring

Rachmaninov: Aleko - Women's and Men's Dances

Rachmaninov: Three Russian Songs

Svetla Vassileva (soprano)

Misha Didyk (tenor)

Alexei Tanovitski (bass)

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 3rd August at 2pm.

The BBC Philharmonic and Mariinsky Theatre Chorus in music by Rachmaninov.

2011222 - Vocalise, The Bells20110731

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The third Proms Choral Sunday explores the unique sound world of Rachmaninov.

Three contrasting short works are framed by his cantata, Spring, which he composed in 1902 just after his famous Second Piano Concerto, and the evocative choral symphony, The Bells, composed a decade later.

The Russian text of Spring tells of a man who harbours murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter, but is released from his anger and frustration by the return of spring.

For The Bells, Rachmaninov turned to a Russian translation of poems by Edgar Allan Poe, and the work's four movements mirror the human life span from birth to death through the 'Silver Sleigh Bells', 'Mellow Wedding Bells', 'Loud Alarum Bells' and 'Mournful Iron Bells'.

Rachmaninov: Vocalise

Rachmaninov: The Bells

Svetla Vassileva (soprano)

Misha Didyk (tenor)

Alexei Tanovitski (bass)

Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre

BBC Philharmonic

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 3rd August at 2pm.

Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic.

Rachmaninov: Vocalise; The Bells.

2011241 - Elgar20110802

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Tasmin Little performs Elgar's great Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

And to mark the 50th anniversary of Grainger's death, his In a Nutshell Suite receives a first outing at the Proms.

The Violin Concerto is preceded by the BBC Singers performing one of Elgar's most radical part-songs, notated in two keys simultaneously in a manner which parallels the incorrigible experiments of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Grainger's orchestral suite reaches its grand finale - called the Gum Suckers' March - by way of some unpredictable and darkly complex invention.

And to round off the Prom there's music by Richard Strauss: once considered dangerously radical itself, his perky symphonic poem documents the adventures of a purely mythical rascal.

Elgar: There is sweet music

Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 5th August at 2pm.

The BBC SO in works by Elgar: There is sweet music; Violin Concerto in B minor.

2011242 - Grainger, Strauss20110802

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Tasmin Little performs Elgar's great Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

And to mark the 50th anniversary of Grainger's death, his In a Nutshell Suite receives a first outing at the Proms.

The Violin Concerto is preceded by the BBC Singers performing one of Elgar's most radical part-songs, notated in two keys simultaneously in a manner which parallels the incorrigible experiments of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Grainger's orchestral suite reaches its grand finale - called the Gum Suckers' March - by way of some unpredictable and darkly complex invention.

And to round off the Prom there's music by Richard Strauss: once considered dangerously radical itself, his perky symphonic poem documents the adventures of a purely mythical rascal.

Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry

Grainger:Suite 'In a Nutshell'

R.

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 5th August at 2pm.

Andrew Davis leads the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Orchestra in Grainger and Strauss.

201125Grainger20110802

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Charles Hazlewood

A Late Night Prom celebrating anniversary composer Percy Grainger.

Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell leads the way into the musical world of a composer she finds 'quirky and outrageous and very unconventional', concentrating on Grainger's fascinating and varied responses to folk music.

Trad: Green Bushes

Grainger: Green Bushes

Early One Morning, Tulluchgorum and Music for a New Crossing (medley)

Grainger: Molly on the Shore

Shepherd's Hey (medley)

Grainger: Early One Morning

Trad: Sea Shanty

Grainger: Shallow Brown

Trad: Scotch Strathspey and Reel

Grainger: Scotch Strathspey and Reel

June Tabor (folk singer)

Wilson Family (Shanty singers)

Kathryn Tickell Band

BBC Singers (men's voices)

Northern Sinfonia

John Harle (conductor).

A Prom celebrating the quirky music of Percy Grainger.

2011262 - Ravel20110803

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with chief conductor Donald Runnicles throws the musical focus on France, including a celebration of Henri Dutilleux's 95th Birthday.

'Tout un monde lointain' is one of Dutilleux's best loved works.

Commissioned by the great Cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, it ranks among the great cello concertos of the 20th century.

The very French and vivid instrumental imagination and harmony evoke dreamlike qualities in Baudelaire's poems - the inspiration for this work.

The masterly composition and orchestration of Maurice Ravel then take us to Spain, with his ever popular Bolero, and to Ancient Greece with his orchestral and choral masterpiece Daphnis and Chloë - written for the Ballets Russes in 1912.

Ravel's slightly older contemporary, Debussy, also had his work Prelude a L'après-midi d'un faune staged and popularised by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, and it sets up a world of breathtaking orchestral textures.

Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë

Lynn Harrell (cello)

Edinburgh Festival Chorus

The BBC Scottish Symphoy Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 7th August at 2pm.

Donald Runnicles leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe.

2011271 - Robin Holloway, Strauss20110804

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opens this Prom with a major world premiere by Robin Holloway and continue the Brahms focus of this Proms season.

Renowned Strauss conductor Donald Runnicles is joined by international soprano Hillevi Martinpelto for the beautifully reflective Four Last Songs.

Robin Holloway's Fifth Concerto for Orchestra challenges him to write on a smaller scale than previously, and this BBC commission contains some of his most opaque counterpoint and most varied orchestral textures.

He describes the piece as like Manhattan, "when Sprawl is impossible, you must build upwards instead".

The premiere of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs was given in the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, just after the composer's death.

They were his last completed works, and are full of calmness and acceptance.

Brahms then journeys away from contemplation to revel in triumph and joy by the end of his masterful Second Symphony.

Robin Holloway: Fifth Concerto for Orchestra (BBC Commission: world premiere)

R.Strauss: Four Last Songs

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 8th August at 2pm.

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO in music by Robin Holloway and Strauss.

2011272 - Brahms20110804

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opens this Prom with a major world premiere by Robin Holloway and continue the Brahms focus of this Proms season.

Renowned Strauss conductor Donald Runnicles is joined by international soprano Hillevi Martinpelto for the beautifully reflective Four Last Songs.

Robin Holloway's Fifth Concerto for Orchestra challenges him to write on a smaller scale than previously, and this BBC commission contains some of his most opaque counterpoint and most varied orchestral textures.

He describes the piece as like Manhattan, "when Sprawl is impossible, you must build upwards instead".

The premiere of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs was given in the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, just after the composer's death.

They were his last completed works, and are full of calmness and acceptance.

Brahms then journeys away from contemplation to revel in triumph and joy by the end of his masterful Second Symphony.

Brahms: Symphony No.2 in D major

Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 8th August at 2pm.

Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Brahms's Symphony No 2.

201128Victoria20110804

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Marking the 400th anniversary of his death, music by the great Spanish Renaissance composer Victoria performed by one of the world's leading specialists in early music - the Tallis Scholars.

At the heart of their programme is Victoria's glorious Requiem - composed in 1603 for the funeral rites of the Dowager Empress Maria, sister of Philip II of Spain - a summation and a farewell to the music of Spain's Golden Age.

Victoria: Dum complerentur

Victoria: Lamentations for Good Friday

Victoria: Officium defunctorum (Requiem)

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (conductor).

Peter Philips conducts the Tallis Scholars in a celebration of Tomas Luis de Victoria.

201129Mahler20110805

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Donald Macleod

In one of the most eagerly anticipated Proms of the season the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra returns to the Royal Albert Hall to perform Mahler's epic 'Resurrection' Symphony.

Formed from pupils of Venezuela's El Sistema programme, an initiative that offers every child a free musical education, the players have been performing together since childhood, and have lit up concert halls around the world with their technical skill, passion and deep musicality - as their concert master violinist Alejandro Carreno says: "for us this isn't a job, not even a concert, for us music is all of life".

Tonight under the baton of fellow El Sistema alumni Gustavo Dudamel they team up with the young singers of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and distinguished soloists to perform a colossus of the repertoire.

Written for vast forces, Mahler's symphony takes a journey from the graveside, asks the question 'is there life after death?' and ends with a triumphant promise of eternal life.

It's a work Alejandro Carreno and all the orchestra love, "Mahler's music is so descriptive, the atmosphere it creates is like that of an opera.

We hugely enjoy playing his music."

Mahler: Symphony No.

2 in C minor 'Resurrection'

Miah Persson (soprano)

Anna Larsson (mezzo-soprano)

National Youth Choir of Great Britain

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)

The Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 9th August at 2pm.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 2.

2011301 - Gabriel Prokofiev, Britten20110806

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The National Orchestra of Great Britain is joined by an equally youthful soloist - Benjamin Grosvenor, who turned 19 in July: he plays the Piano Concerto by another young prodigy, Benjamin Britten.

Russian-born conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducts the NYOGB in music from one of the greatest and best-loved of all Russian ballets: Sergey Prokofiev's take on Shakespeare's teenage lovers Romeo and Juliet.

And the concert starts bang up to date, with a piece by Prokofiev's grandson, Gabriel Prokofiev - a concerto created for the astonishing turntables virtuoso DJ Switch.

If you're over the age of 18 you can't join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

But their playing is stunning, and their annual appearance at the BBC Proms is always a highlight of the season.

Gabriel Prokofiev: Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra

Britten: Piano Concerto

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

DJ Switch (turntables)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 10th August at 2pm.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in music by Gabriel Prokofiev and Britten.

2011302 - Prokofiev20110806

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

The National Orchestra of Great Britain is joined by an equally youthful soloist - Benjamin Grosvenor, who turned 19 in July: he plays the Piano Concerto by another young prodigy, Benjamin Britten.

Russian-born conductor Vladimir Jurowski conducts the NYOGB in music from one of the greatest and best-loved of all Russian ballets: Sergey Prokofiev's take on Shakespeare's teenage lovers Romeo and Juliet.

And the concert starts bang up to date, with a piece by Prokofiev's grandson, Gabriel Prokofiev - a concerto created for the astonishing turntables virtuoso DJ Switch.

If you're over the age of 18 you can't join the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

But their playing is stunning, and their annual appearance at the BBC Proms is always a highlight of the season.

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - selection

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)

DJ Switch (turntables)

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 10th August at 2pm.

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

201131Nigel Kennedy In Bach20110806

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Nigel Kennedy brings his unique musical style and his love of the works of Bach to a programme of solo violin works.

J.

S.

Bach:

Partita No.

3 in E major - Prelude

2 in D minor

Nigel Kennedy (violin).

Violin recital by Nigel Kennedy.

Bach: Partita No 3 in E (Prelude); Partita No 2.

2011331 - Sibelius, Grieg20110808

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Proms with its new Chief Conductor, Sakari Oramo.

Sibelius claimed that his magical Sixth Symphony would offer the public 'pure cold water' rather than the 'cocktails' composed by his contemporaries.

A contrasting symphony ends this concert: Nielsen's extrovert Fourth Symphony, which emerges from the dark days of the First World War.

Between these two symphonies, the critically-acclaimed young German-Japanese pianist, Alice Sara Ott, makes her Proms debut playing the ever popular Grieg Concerto.

Sibelius: Symphony No.

6 in D minor

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Alice Sara Ott (piano)

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 12th August at 2pm.

Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Sibelius and Grieg.

2011332 - Nielsen20110808

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Proms with its new Chief Conductor, Sakari Oramo.

Sibelius claimed that his magical Sixth Symphony would offer the public 'pure cold water' rather than the 'cocktails' composed by his contemporaries.

A contrasting symphony ends this concert: Nielsen's extrovert Fourth Symphony, which emerges from the dark days of the First World War.

Between these two symphonies, the critically-acclaimed young German-Japanese pianist, Alice Sara Ott, makes her Proms debut playing the ever popular Grieg Concerto.

Nielsen: Symphony No.

4, 'Inextinguishable'

Alice Sara Ott (piano)

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 12th August at 2pm.

Sakari Oramo conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Nielsen's Symphony No 4.

2011341 - Bridge, Simon Holt20110809

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Andrew McGregor

French and English music combine in this Proms Entente-Cordiale.

Saint-Saëns' ever-popular Organ Symphony dominates the programme, joined by a new double concerto, half man, half beast, from Simon Holt.

Plus Proms featured composer Frank Bridge's orchestral picture of the wild and windy Sussex Downs, overlooking the Channel.

French organ virtuoso Marcel Dupré was a regular visitor to the Royal Albert Hall throughout his life.

He became a great friend of Sir Henry Wood and played the Organ Symphony at the Proms in 1935.

Cortège et litanie is a dazzling crescendo, using the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ together with full symphony orchestra.

The inspirational Parisian conductor Francois-Xavier Roth made a great impact at the Proms last year at the helm of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he's Associate Guest Conductor.

He gave the premiere of Simon Holt's Centauromachy in Cardiff last November.

Written for solo clarinet and flugelhorn, it explores the dual nature of the mythical centaur and it's played by the two orchestral Principals for whom it was written.

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ben Johnson joins the orchestra for Bridge's noble and poignant setting of Rupert Brooke's most famous poem from the Great War.

Bridge: Enter Spring

Bridge: Blow out you bugles

Simon Holt: Centauromachy (BBC Commission, London Premiere)

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Robert Plane (clarinet)

Philippe Schartz (flugelhorn)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 14th August at 2pm.

Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC NOW in music by Frank Bridge and Simon Holt.

2011342 - Dupre, Saint-saens20110809

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Andrew McGregor

French and English music combine in this Proms Entente-Cordiale.

Saint-Saëns' ever-popular Organ Symphony dominates the programme, joined by a new double concerto, half man, half beast, from Simon Holt.

Plus Proms featured composer Frank Bridge's orchestral picture of the wild and windy Sussex Downs, overlooking the Channel.

French organ virtuoso Marcel Dupré was a regular visitor to the Royal Albert Hall throughout his life.

He became a great friend of Sir Henry Wood and played the Organ Symphony at the Proms in 1935.

Cortège et litanie is a dazzling crescendo, using the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ together with full symphony orchestra.

The inspirational Parisian conductor Francois-Xavier Roth made a great impact at the Proms last year at the helm of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he's Associate Guest Conductor.

He gave the premiere of Simon Holt's Centauromachy in Cardiff last November.

Written for solo clarinet and flugelhorn, it explores the dual nature of the mythical centaur and it's played by the two orchestral Principals for whom it was written.

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ben Johnson joins the orchestra for Bridge's noble and poignant setting of Rupert Brooke's most famous poem from the Great War.

Dupré: Cortège et litanie

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.

3 in C minor, 'Organ'

Ben Johnson (tenor)

Robert Plane (clarinet)

Philippe Schartz (flugelhorn)

Thomas Trotter (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 14th August at 2pm.

Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC NOW in music by Dupre and Saint-Saens.

2011351 - Liszt, Gliere20110810

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits perform three colourful scores, two of them with connections to Karabits's Ukrainian homeland.

The concert begins with a swashbuckling tone-poem by Liszt telling the story of a legendary Ukrainian, Mazeppa, and it ends with Rachmaninov's most famous (and most lyrical) symphony.

Between them comes a real novelty - a melody-filled concerto for wordless soprano and orchestra by Ukrainian-born composer Reinhold Glière.

The effervescent Irish soprano Ailish Tynan takes the extraordinary solo part.

Kirill Karabits has been Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for two seasons now and their relationship is blossoming into something rather special.

Liszt: Mazeppa

Glière: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 15th August at 2pm.

Kirill Karabits conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Liszt and Gliere.

2011352 - Rachmaninov20110810

PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits perform three colourful scores, two of them with connections to Karabits's Ukrainian homeland.

The concert begins with a swashbuckling tone-poem by Liszt telling the story of a legendary Ukrainian, Mazeppa, and it ends with Rachmaninov's most famous (and most lyrical) symphony.

Between them comes a real novelty - a melody-filled concerto for wordless soprano and orchestra by Ukrainian-born composer Reinhold Glière.

The effervescent Irish soprano Ailish Tynan takes the extraordinary solo part.

Kirill Karabits has been Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for two seasons now and their relationship is blossoming into something rather special.

Rachmaninov: Symphony No.

2 in E minor

Ailish Tynan (soprano)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 15th August at 2pm.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits in Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2 in E minor.

201136Steve Reich And Ensemble Modern20110810

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Steve Reich brings his distinctive and pioneering style to the Proms, in celebration of his 75th birthday this year.

His hypnotic rhythms and elements taken from jazz and non-Western traditions produce some ravishing music.

Clapping Music shows off the percussive abilities of two people who make music with nothing but their own bodies.

In Electric Counterpoint a single electric guitarist builds up alluring layers of sound with a multiple guitar soundtrack.

Music for 18 Musicians is a seminal piece from the 1970s and one of Reich's best-known works.

The exotic colours and percussive textures are very striking, as is the unusual ensemble, featuring multiple pianos, marimbas and xylophones.

It is a work Reich himself is still very satisfied with, and its enduring nature has led to many contemporary electronica artists sampling it today.

Steve Reich:

Clapping Music

Electric Counterpoint

Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich (percussion, piano)

Mats Bergström (guitar)

Synergy Vocals

Ensemble Modern.

Steve Reich performs Clapping Music, Electric Counterpoint and Music for 18 Musicians.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

Steve Reich brings his distinctive and pioneering style to the Proms, in celebration of his 75th birthday this year.

His hypnotic rhythms and elements taken from jazz and non-Western traditions produce some ravishing music.

Clapping Music shows off the percussive abilities of two people who make music with nothing but their own bodies.

In Electric Counterpoint a single electric guitarist builds up alluring layers of sound with a multiple guitar soundtrack.

Music for 18 Musicians is a seminal piece from the 1970s and one of Reich's best-known works.

The exotic colours and percussive textures are very striking, as is the unusual ensemble, featuring multiple pianos, marimbas and xylophones.

It is a work Reich himself is still very satisfied with, and its enduring nature has led to many contemporary electronica artists sampling it today.

Steve Reich:

Clapping Music

Electric Counterpoint

Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich (percussion, piano)

Mats Bergström (guitar)

Synergy Vocals

Ensemble Modern.

Steve Reich performs Clapping Music, Electric Counterpoint and Music for 18 Musicians.

2011371 - Bridge, Brahms20110811

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky, continues his exploration of less-frequented corners of the repertoire, proceeding from an invigorating British concert-opener to an uncommon yet inescapably familiar concerto.

Inspired by the fact that Bach and Beethoven arranged their own violin concertos for the keyboard, Dejan Lazić has done the same for the Brahms with engagingly idiomatic results.

Julian Lloyd Webber is an ardent champion of Holst's Invocation.

The concert ends with the masterpiece that put Elgar's name on the world's musical map, with his affectionate sketches of 'friends pictured within' - a firm favourite that retains its own aura of mystery.

Bridge: Overture, 'Rebus'

Brahms arr.

Lazić: 'Piano Concerto No.3' in D major (after Violin Concerto) (UK Premiere)

Dejan Lazić (piano)

Julian Lloyd-Webber (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 16th August at 2pm.

Vassily Sinaisky conducts the BBC Philharmonic in music by Bridge and Brahms.

2011372 - Holst, Elgar20110811

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky, continues his exploration of less-frequented corners of the repertoire, proceeding from an invigorating British concert-opener to an uncommon yet inescapably familiar concerto.

Inspired by the fact that Bach and Beethoven arranged their own violin concertos for the keyboard, Dejan Lazić has done the same for the Brahms with engagingly idiomatic results.

Julian Lloyd Webber is an ardent champion of Holst's Invocation.

The concert ends with the masterpiece that put Elgar's name on the world's musical map, with his affectionate sketches of 'friends pictured within' - a firm favourite that retains its own aura of mystery.

Holst: Invocation

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Dejan Lazić (piano)

Julian Lloyd-Webber (cello)

BBC Philharmonic

Vassily Sinaisky (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 16th August at 2pm.

Vassily Sinaisky leads the BBC Philharmonic.

2011381 - Herrmann, Morricone, Walton20110812

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The BBC Concert Orchestra and principal conductor Keith Lockhart are joined by violinist Chloe Hanslip in this concert of music for the silver screen from both sides of the Atlantic.

Celebrating the centenary of his birth there's a tribute to the film composers' composer Bernard Herrmann, alongside music by today's greatest living exponent John Williams.

Passages from Henry V accompany William Walton's iconic music, and there's a tribute to the late John Barry with two of his most famous themes.

With additional music by Ennio Morricone, Richard Rodney Bennett at 75, and a brand new suite from last year's film Norwegian Wood - music by BBC Concert Orchestra's composer in residence, Jonny Greenwood - this promises to be a spectacular celebration of the best of classic and modern film music.

Herrmann: Music from The Man Who Knew Too Much, Citizen Kane, North by Northwest and Psycho

Ennio Morricone: Cinema Paradiso - theme

Walton arr.

Muir Mathieson: Henry V - suite

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor).

The BBC Concert Orchestra performs film music, including Herrmann, Morricone and Walton.

2011382 - John Williams, Johnny Greenwood, John Barry20110812

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The BBC Concert Orchestra and principal conductor Keith Lockhart are joined by violinist Chloe Hanslip in this concert of music for the silver screen from both sides of the Atlantic.

Celebrating the centenary of his birth there's a tribute to the film composers' composer Bernard Herrmann, alongside music by today's greatest living exponent John Williams.

Passages from Henry V accompany William Walton's iconic music, and there's a tribute to the late John Barry with two of his most famous themes.

With additional music by Ennio Morricone, Richard Rodney Bennett at 75, and a brand new suite from last year's film Norwegian Wood - music by BBC Concert Orchestra's composer in residence, Jonny Greenwood - this promises to be a spectacular celebration of the best of classic and modern film music.

John Williams: Music from Star Wars, Schindler's List and Harry Potter

Jonny Greenwood arr.

Robert Ziegler: Norwegian Wood - suite (BBC Commission, World Premiere)

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Murder on the Orient Express - suite

Barry: Out of Africa - Love Theme

Various: Music from the James Bond films

Chloë Hanslip (violin)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Keith Lockhart (conductor).

Concluding the film music Prom, with scores by John Williams, Jonny Greenwood, John Barry.

201139Spaghetti Western Orchestra20110812

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Charles Hazlewood

The inventive multi-taskers of the Spaghetti Western Orchestra perform the epic scores of Ennio Morricone from the films of Sergio Leone.

The Australian group recreates Morricone's classic soundtracks from films such as 'Once Upon a Time in the West' and 'For a Few Dollars More' with only five players by using extraordinary virtuosity on a variety of instruments conventional and rather less so.

"We really embraced the absurdity of a bunch of Aussie guys trying to do what Morricone did with a cast of hundreds", so expect new uses for an asthma inhaler and a cornflake packet as well as a rich vein of humour.

Spaghetti Western Orchestra.

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra performs the film scores of Ennio Morricone.

2011401 - Comedy Prom - Part 120110813

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Maverick Australian comedian Tim Minchin brings his own inimitable style of musical fun to the Royal Albert Hall as he hosts this first ever Comedy Prom.

He'll be joined by pianist Danny Driver, who takes on both Reizenstein's Concerto popolare and conductor Andrew Litton.

Soprano Susan Bullock, cabaret duo Kit and the Widow, and conducting sensation Sue Perkins all make an appearance alongside the ever versatile BBC Concert Orchestra and MD Jules Buckley.

Part One

Performers to include:

Tim Minchin

Sue Perkins

Kit and the Widow

Susan Bullock (soprano)

Danny Driver (piano)

Beardyman

The Boy with Tape on his Face

Doc Brown

The Mongrels

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jules Buckley (conductor)

Andrew Litton (conductor).

Louise Fryer presents Part 1 of the first-ever comedy Prom, with Tim Minchin.

2011402 - Comedy Prom - Part 220110813

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

Maverick Australian comedian Tim Minchin brings his own inimitable style of musical fun to the Royal Albert Hall as he hosts this first ever Comedy Prom.

He'll be joined by pianist Danny Driver, who takes on both Reizenstein's Concerto popolare and conductor Andrew Litton.

Soprano Susan Bullock, cabaret duo Kit and the Widow, and conducting sensation Sue Perkins all make an appearance alongside the ever versatile BBC Concert Orchestra and MD Jules Buckley.

Part Two

Performers to include:

Tim Minchin

Sue Perkins

Kit and the Widow

Susan Bullock (soprano)

Danny Driver (piano)

Beardyman

The Boy with Tape on his Face

Doc Brown

The Mongrels

BBC Concert Orchestra

Jules Buckley (conductor)

Andrew Litton (conductor).

Louise Fryer presents the conclusion of the first-ever comedy Prom.

With Tim Minchin.

2011411 - Purcell20110814

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Continuing Proms Choral Sundays: Jiri Belohlavek conducts a recreation of an all-Britten concert originally conducted in 1963 by the composer, but with a contemporary twist provided by Joby Talbot, revisiting Britten's great hero Purcell.

For Britten, the Spring Symphony represented 'the reawakening of the earth and life', while the Cantata Misericordium tells the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan.

Purcell, Arr.

Joby Talbot: Chacony in G Minor (BBC commission; World Premiere)

Britten: Cantata Misericordium

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Amanda Roocroft (soprano)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Alan Oke (tenor)

Leigh Melrose (baritone)

Trinity Boys Choir

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Wednesday 17th August at 2.15pm.

The BBC Singers and BBC SO in Britten's Cantata Misericordium and Sinfonia da Requiem.

2011412 - Purcell20110814

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

Continuing Proms Choral Sundays: Jiri Belohlavek conducts a recreation of an all-Britten concert originally conducted in 1963 by the composer, but with a contemporary twist provided by Joby Talbot, revisiting Britten's great hero Purcell.

For Britten, the Spring Symphony represented 'the reawakening of the earth and life', while the Cantata Misericordium tells the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan.

Britten: Spring Symphony

Amanda Roocroft (soprano)

Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano)

Alan Oke (tenor)

Leigh Melrose (baritone)

Trinity Boys Choir

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Wednesday 17th August at 2.15pm.

Mark Wigglesworth conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Britten's Spring Symphony.

2011431 - Copland, Bax20110816

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Andrew Litton and the RPO perform a programme by composers who have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky.

Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók at a time when he found himself in grave financial difficulty.

Tonight, Yuja Wang makes her Proms debut in his fiendishly difficult Concerto No 2.

Koussevitzky also championed Barber's music in the 1940s, and the original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under him.

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Bax: Symphony No.

2

Yuja Wang (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 18th August at 2.15pm.

The Royal Philharmonic in Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Bax's Symphony No 2.

2011432 - Barber, Bartok20110816

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Andrew Litton and the RPO perform a programme by composers who have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky.

Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók at a time when he found himself in grave financial difficulty.

Tonight, Yuja Wang makes her Proms debut in his fiendishly difficult Concerto No 2.

Koussevitzky also championed Barber's music in the 1940s, and the original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under him.

Barber: Adagio for Strings

Bartok: Piano Concerto No.

2

Yuja Wang (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 18th August at 2.15pm.

The Royal Philharmonic with Yuja Wang (piano) in music by Barber and Bartok.

2011433 - Prokofiev20110816

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Andrew Litton and the RPO perform a programme by composers who have something, or someone, in common: Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Serge Koussevitzky.

Copland's Fanfare was later incorporated into his Third Symphony, written for the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, which also commissioned Bartók at a time when he found himself in grave financial difficulty.

Tonight, Yuja Wang makes her Proms debut in his fiendishly difficult Concerto No 2.

Koussevitzky also championed Barber's music in the 1940s, and the original version of Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony was commissioned for the BSO's 50th anniversary and premiered under him.

Prokofiev: Symphony No.

4 (revised version, 1947)

Yuja Wang (piano)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Litton (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Thursday 18th August at 2.15pm.

Andrew Litton conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony.

2011441 - Shostakovich20110817

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

An all-Russian programme, beginning with a four-movement suite taken from the first ballet score that Shostakovich wrote - The Age of Gold.

The ballet itself was a failure - unlike the other dance work represented in this evening's concert, Petrushka.

It is one of the great 20th-century ballets and its story of a puppet who comes to life elicited a colourful, masterly and hugely influential score from the young Stravinsky.

The final music on the programme is by one of Stravinsky's heroes, Tchaikovsky.

His special brand of passion, energy and lyricism is a perfect match for the story of Francesca da Rimini - the heroine of a murderous tale from Dante's Divine Comedy.

The relationship between London's Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Esa-Pekka Salonen has deepened and matured in the three seasons that they've been together.

They bring the fruits of this relationship to the Proms, including Shostakovich's 1st Violin Concerto with former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Lisa Batiashvili as soloist.

Shostakovich: The Age of Gold - Suite

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.

1 in A minor

Lisa Batiashvili (violin)

Philharmonic Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 19th August 2011 at 2.20pm.

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in music by Shostakovich.

2011451 - Larcher20110818

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov are joined by Proms featured artists, Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley, for the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's BBC Commission.

The second half of the concert is dedicated to Bruckner's vast architectural masterpiece - his fifth symphony.

The leading Austrian composer Thomas Larcher's first double concerto is predominantly solemn and sacred but very rhythmical.

It utilises a concertino group as well as the two soloists and the orchestra to bring an added dimension of colour.

The cellist Matthew Barley has helped Larcher incorporate improvisation and free time in the piece, building on aspects of rhythm, but Larcher says there is still a grounding in Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Ilan Volkov is a renowned interpreter of Bruckner's Music.

The 5th Symphony is one of his longest symphonies and, arguably, his most complex work.

A huge challenge to perform, it is also a Symphony which embodies a unique atmosphere of spiritual exaltation in a dramatic struggle to overcome the pain and frustration of life.

Thomas Larcher: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (BBC commission; world premiere)

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Christof Dienz (electric zither)

Martin Brandlmayr (percussion)

Luka Juhart (accordian)

Thomas Larcher (prepared piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 21st August at 2pm.

Ilan Volkov leads the BBC SSO in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's double concerto.

2011452 - Bruckner20110818

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov are joined by Proms featured artists, Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley, for the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's BBC Commission.

The second half of the concert is dedicated to Bruckner's vast architectural masterpiece - his fifth symphony.

The leading Austrian composer Thomas Larcher's first double concerto is predominantly solemn and sacred but very rhythmical.

It utilises a concertino group as well as the two soloists and the orchestra to bring an added dimension of colour.

The cellist Matthew Barley has helped Larcher incorporate improvisation and free time in the piece, building on aspects of rhythm, but Larcher says there is still a grounding in Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.

Ilan Volkov is a renowned interpreter of Bruckner's Music.

The 5th Symphony is one of his longest symphonies and, arguably, his most complex work.

A huge challenge to perform, it is also a Symphony which embodies a unique atmosphere of spiritual exaltation in a dramatic struggle to overcome the pain and frustration of life.

Bruckner: Symphony No.

5 in B flat major (ed.

Nowak)

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Christof Dienz (electric zither)

Martin Brandlmayr (percussion)

Luka Juhart (accordian)

Thomas Larcher (prepared piano)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ilan Volkov (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 21st August at 2pm.

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No 5.

2011461 - Viktoria Mullova, Matthew Barley20110818

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

A concert celebrating the special partnership of Russian-born violinist Viktoria Mullova and her husband, British cellist Matthew Barley.

Together with three friends they explore folk, gypsy and jazz-inpired music that encompasses a masterpiece by the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly and the worlds of the Modern Jazz Quartet and the American jazz-rock group Weather Report.

As well as making an intriguing programme, the music in the concert says something about Viktoria Mullova herself.

According to her husband, she 'loves simplicity and emotional directness and power, as well as virtuosity that comes from the heart and for the heart (as opposed to showing off)'.

Bratsch, Arr.

Barley: Bi Lovengo

John Lewis/Bratch, Arr.

Barley: Django

Kodaly: Duo, Op.

7

Joe Zawinul, Arr.

Barley: Pursuit of the Woman with the Feathered Hat

Matthew Barley: Yura

Barley: The Peasant

DuOud, Arr.

Barley: For Nedim (for Nadia)

Viktoria Mullova (violin)

Matthew Barley (cello)

Julian Joseph (piano)

Paul Clarvis (percussion)

Sam Walton (percussion).

Viktoria Mullova, Matthew Barley and friends play folk, gypsy and jazz-inspired music.

2011551 - Rinaldo - Act 120110825

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its annual visit to the Proms with a new production of Handel's Rinaldo.

Handel sets the action in the first Crusade, giving ample opportunity for battle scenes, a love story, abduction, magic, disguise and ultimately, a gracious conquering hero.

For Handel this was his first opera written for the London stage, so he was out to impress, filling it with vivid, exciting and poignant arias, including the famous 'Lascia ch'io pianga'.

The young knight Rinaldo is in love with Almirena, daughter of Goffredo, the leader of the Crusade.

They are laying seige to the Saracens in Jerusalem, who are led by Argante.

Argante's lover Armida is a powerful sorceress, and she attacks Rinaldo's forces and abducts Almirena.

The period performance specialist Ottavio Dantone directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a superb cast including Sonia Prina in the title role.

Handel: Rinaldo (semi-staged; sung in Italian) Act I

Sonia Prina (Rinaldo)

Varduhi Abrahamyan (Goffredo)

Annett Fritsch (Almirena)

Brenda Rae (Armida)

Luca Pisaroni (Argante)

Tim Mead (Eustazio)

William Towers (A Christian Magician)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Ottavio Dantone (director).

Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Act 1 of a new semi-staged production of Handel's Rinaldo.

2011552 - Rinaldo - Act 220110825

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its annual visit to the Proms with a new production of Handel's Rinaldo.

Handel sets the action in the first Crusade, giving ample opportunity for battle scenes, a love story, abduction, magic, disguise and ultimately, a gracious conquering hero.

For Handel this was his first opera written for the London stage, so he was out to impress, filling it with vivid, exciting and poignant arias, including the famous 'Lascia ch'io pianga'.

The young knight Rinaldo is in love with Almirena, daughter of Goffredo, the leader of the Crusade.

They are laying seige to the Saracens in Jerusalem, who are led by Argante.

Argante's lover Armida is a powerful sorceress, and she attacks Rinaldo's forces and abducts Almirena.

The period performance specialist Ottavio Dantone directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a superb cast including Sonia Prina in the title role.

Handel: Rinaldo Act II

Sonia Prina (Rinaldo)

Varduhi Abrahamyan (Goffredo)

Annett Fritsch (Almirena)

Brenda Rae (Armida)

Luca Pisaroni (Argante)

Tim Mead (Eustazio)

William Towers (A Christian Magician)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Ottavio Dantone (director).

Martin Handley presents Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Act 2 of Handel's Rinaldo.

2011553 - Rinaldo - Act 320110825

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Glyndebourne Festival Opera makes its annual visit to the Proms with a new production of Handel's Rinaldo.

Handel sets the action in the first Crusade, giving ample opportunity for battle scenes, a love story, abduction, magic, disguise and ultimately, a gracious conquering hero.

For Handel this was his first opera written for the London stage, so he was out to impress, filling it with vivid, exciting and poignant arias, including the famous 'Lascia ch'io pianga'.

The young knight Rinaldo is in love with Almirena, daughter of Goffredo, the leader of the Crusade.

They are laying seige to the Saracens in Jerusalem, who are led by Argante.

Argante's lover Armida is a powerful sorceress, and she attacks Rinaldo's forces and abducts Almirena.

The period performance specialist Ottavio Dantone directs the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a superb cast including Sonia Prina in the title role.

Handel: Rinaldo Act III

Sonia Prina (Rinaldo)

Varduhi Abrahamyan (Goffredo)

Annett Fritsch (Almirena)

Brenda Rae (Armida)

Luca Pisaroni (Argante)

Tim Mead (Eustazio)

William Towers (A Christian Magician)

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Ottavio Dantone (director).

Martin Handley presents Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Act 3 of Handel's Rinaldo.

2011591 - Hooray For Hollywood20110829

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

John Wilson and his Orchestra are joined by starry soloists and the Maida Vale Singers to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood film Musicals, from the earliest days through to the 1960s.

Back in the mid 20th century the Hollywood studios attracted the best composers, lyricists and orchestrators to write for their stars.

The results are what John Wilson calls "miniature works of art" which were played by orchestras composed of virtuoso players.

Matching that, the John Wilson Orchestra is made up of the cream of Britain's orchestral musicians who have wowed Proms audiences with the passion and sheer vivacity of their playing.

They perform classics from the 1930s onwards, from films starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers including the title numbers from 'Shall We Dance' and 'Top Hat', through the 40s and 50s with numbers from 'Strike up the Band' and 'Guys and Dolls', through to hit musical films from the 60s including 'Gypsy' and 'West Side Story'.

Hooray for Hollywood, part 1

Caroline O'Connor (vocalist)

Clare Teal (vocalist)

Annalene Beechey (vocalist)

Matthew Ford (vocalist)

Sarah Fox (vocalist)

Charles Castronovo (vocalist)

The Maida Vale Singers

The John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor).

John Wilson and his orchestra celebrate the golden age of Hollywood film musicals.

2011592 - Hooray For Hollywood20110829

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

John Wilson and his Orchestra are joined by starry soloists and the Maida Vale Singers to celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood film Musicals, from the earliest days through to the 1960s.

Back in the mid 20th century the Hollywood studios attracted the best composers, lyricists and orchestrators to write for their stars.

The results are what John Wilson calls "miniature works of art" which were played by orchestras composed of virtuoso players.

Matching that, the John Wilson Orchestra is made up of the cream of Britain's orchestral musicians who have wowed Proms audiences with the passion and sheer vivacity of their playing.

They perform classics from the 1930s onwards, from films starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers including the title numbers from 'Shall We Dance' and 'Top Hat', through the 40s and 50s with numbers from 'Strike up the Band' and 'Guys and Dolls', through to hit musical films from the 60s including 'Gypsy' and 'West Side Story'.

Hooray for Hollywood, part 2

Caroline O'Connor (vocalist)

Clare Teal (vocalist)

Annalene Beechey (vocalist)

Matthew Ford (vocalist)

Sarah Fox (vocalist)

Charles Castronovo (vocalist)

The Maida Vale Singers

The John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson (conductor).

John Wilson and his orchestra celebrate the golden age of Hollywood film musicals.

2011611 - Fitkin20110831

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Featured artist Yo-Yo Ma takes centre stage with a new work conceived especially for him by British composer Graham Fitkin.

After the interval, the BBC SO's Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson, directs the traditional annual Proms performance of Beethoven's Ninth, perhaps the richest, most provocative statement in the symphonic canon.

An impressive team of soloists joins the BBC Symphony Chorus to project the finale's optimistic vision of hard-won triumph over adversity.

Graham Fitkin: Cello Concerto

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Toby Spence (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass-baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 2 September at 2.30pm.

Yo-Yo Ma and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson in Fitkin: Cello Concerto.

2011612 - Beethoven20110831

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Featured artist Yo-Yo Ma takes centre stage with a new work conceived especially for him by British composer Graham Fitkin.

After the interval, the BBC SO's Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson, directs the traditional annual Proms performance of Beethoven's Ninth, perhaps the richest, most provocative statement in the symphonic canon.

An impressive team of soloists joins the BBC Symphony Chorus to project the finale's optimistic vision of hard-won triumph over adversity.

Beethoven: Symphony No.

9 in D minor, 'Choral'

Christine Brewer (soprano)

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)

Toby Spence (tenor)

Iain Paterson (bass-baritone)

BBC Symphony Chorus

Philharmonia Chorus

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 2 September at 2.30pm.

David Robertson conducts soloists and the BBC SO and Chorus in Beethoven's Symphony No 9.

2011612 - Beethoven20110831
2011621 - Webern, Bruch20110901

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor-for-life Zubin Mehta bring a colourful programme to the Proms.

They begin with an early score by Webern and are then joined by Gil Shaham for Bruch's ever-popular 1st Violin Concerto.

They end their concert in Spain, seen through both native and Russian eyes.

The Israel Philharmonic is 75 years old this year and Bombay-born Zubin Mehta has been the orchestra's Music Director for the last 40 of those years.

Their Prom programme reflects his wide musical interests, from the music of 20th-century Vienna (where he was educated) to colourful music that he has always conducted so well.

The concert's second half certainly falls into this category, with pieces by Albeniz describing scenes from his native Spain.

They were originally written for piano and have now been given glittering orchestral colours.

The sparkle continues with Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Spanish Caprice', based on Spanish folksong and with the orchestra evoking the sounds of guitars and rustic revelry.

Webern: Passacaglia, Op.

1

Bruch: Violin Concerto No.

1 in G minor

Gil Shaham (violin)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 7 September at 2.30pm.

Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta in Webern: Passacaglia.

Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1.

2011622 - Albeniz, Rimsky-korsakov20110901

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Louise Fryer

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and its conductor-for-life Zubin Mehta bring a colourful programme to the Proms.

They begin with an early score by Webern and are then joined by Gil Shaham for Bruch's ever-popular 1st Violin Concerto.

They end their concert in Spain, seen through both native and Russian eyes.

The Israel Philharmonic is 75 years old this year and Bombay-born Zubin Mehta has been the orchestra's Music Director for the last 40 of those years.

Their Prom programme reflects his wide musical interests, from the music of 20th-century Vienna (where he was educated) to colourful music that he has always conducted so well.

The concert's second half certainly falls into this category, with pieces by Albeniz describing scenes from his native Spain.

They were originally written for piano and have now been given glittering orchestral colours.

The sparkle continues with Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Spanish Caprice', based on Spanish folksong and with the orchestra evoking the sounds of guitars and rustic revelry.

Albeniz: Iberia - Fête-Dieu à Séville; El Puerto; Triana

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol

Gil Shaham (violin)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 7 September at 2.30pm.

Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Albeniz and Rimsky-Korsakov.

201164Audience Choice20110902

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Catherine Bott

An Audience Choice Late Night Prom.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Music Director Ivan Fischer have a wide repertoire - and in the second of their two Proms tonight they're letting the audience in the Royal Albert Hall choose precisely what they want to hear.

So tune in and be surprised!

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer (conductor).

The Budapest Festival Orchestra plays music chosen by the audience.

201165AElgar, M Berkeley20110903

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen bring two dazzling concertos to the Proms.

Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin displays his virtuosity in Rachmaninov's ever popular Rhapsody, and Proms featured organist David Goode plays Michael Berkeley's demanding concerto, which receives its London premiere.

The programme includes two musical pictures: Elgar's Edwardian soundscape of Old London Town, and Kodály's suite Háry János, which brings to life the unlikely exploits of an old Hungarian hero.

Michael Berkeley had the cavernous space of Westminster cathedral in mind with his organ concerto, he was a choirboy there.

A central theme is of fire, a force that cleanses and obliterates all in its path.

The Royal Albert Hall, with its immense Henry Willis organ and generous acoustic should prove an ideal venue.

A sense of ritual and religious theatre also comes from offstage trumpets, high in the gallery.

Soloist David Goode has already delighted promenaders twice this season, in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass and Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

An exceptional talent, he remains undaunted by the challenges of the concerto.

Marc-André Hamelin has won great critical acclaim for his "jaw dropping technique" and "probing musicianship".

He's been a tireless advocate of less familiar concertos, and he also is a composer.

Here he brings his formidable talents to bear on a great favourite of the piano repertoire.

Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is one of the most brilliant works for piano and orchestra, though with an underlying sense of devilry.

Elgar: Overture Cockaigne (In London Town)

Michael Berkeley: Organ Concerto (London premiere)

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

David Goode (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Monday 5 September at 2.00pm.

Jac van Steen conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Elgar and Michael Berkeley

201165BRachmaninov, Kodaly20110903

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen bring two dazzling concertos to the Proms.

Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin displays his virtuosity in Rachmaninov's ever popular Rhapsody, and Proms featured organist David Goode plays Michael Berkeley's demanding concerto, which receives its London premiere.

The programme includes two musical pictures: Elgar's Edwardian soundscape of Old London Town, and Kodály's suite Háry János, which brings to life the unlikely exploits of an old Hungarian hero.

Michael Berkeley had the cavernous space of Westminster cathedral in mind with his organ concerto, he was a choirboy there.

A central theme is of fire, a force that cleanses and obliterates all in its path.

The Royal Albert Hall, with its immense Henry Willis organ and generous acoustic should prove an ideal venue.

A sense of ritual and religious theatre also comes from offstage trumpets, high in the gallery.

Soloist David Goode has already delighted promenaders twice this season, in Janacek's Glagolitic Mass and Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony.

An exceptional talent, he remains undaunted by the challenges of the concerto.

Marc-André Hamelin has won great critical acclaim for his "jaw dropping technique" and "probing musicianship".

He's been a tireless advocate of less familiar concertos, and he also is a composer.

Here he brings his formidable talents to bear on a great favourite of the piano repertoire.

Rachmaninov's Rhapsody is one of the most brilliant works for piano and orchestra, though with an underlying sense of devilry.

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Kodály: Háry János - suite

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

David Goode (organ)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Jac van Steen (conductor)

This prom will be repeated on Monday 5 September at 2.00pm.

Jac van Steen conducts the BBC NOW in music by Rachmaninov and Kodaly.

2011691 - Wagner, Rihm20110906

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns for the second of two concerts with its Music Director Manfred Honeck.

Mahler's turbulent Fifth Symphony is the main work.

Written whilst he was recuperating from a sudden life-threatening illness, it is full of nostalgia.

The famous Adagietto leads into a wonderfully transformative final movement.

Before this the orchestra are joined by the celebrated German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for 'Time Chant' - a never ending aria by her compatriot, Wolfgang Rihm.

Wagner's ethereal Prelude to Lohengrin opens the programme.

Wagner: Lohengrin (Prelude, Act 1)

Wolfgang Rihm: Gesungene Zeit

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 9 September at 2.30pm.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Wagner: Lohengrin (Act 1 prelude).

Rihm: Gesungene Zeit.

2011692 - Mahler20110906

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns for the second of two concerts with its Music Director Manfred Honeck.

Mahler's turbulent Fifth Symphony is the main work.

Written whilst he was recuperating from a sudden life-threatening illness, it is full of nostalgia.

The famous Adagietto leads into a wonderfully transformative final movement.

Before this the orchestra are joined by the celebrated German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter for 'Time Chant' - a never ending aria by her compatriot, Wolfgang Rihm.

Wagner's ethereal Prelude to Lohengrin opens the programme.

Mahler: Symphony No.

5 in C sharp minor

Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Manfred Honeck (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 9 September at 2.30pm.

Manfred Honeck conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No 5.

2011701 - Bridge, Birtwistle20110907

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Head into outer space with Holst's planetary survey.

Plus Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new Violin

Concerto - his first for a stringed instrument - and Frank Bridge's Keats-inspired symphonic poem Isabella.

Frank Bridge is at his most romantic and Lisztian in this symphonic poem , given its world premiere at the Proms by founder-conductor Henry Wood.

Birtwistle's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Christian Tetzlaff and unveiled by him in March to rave reviews.

The composer himself studied the clarinet, although he says, 'I had some violin lessons at school, so I have a memory of the physical feel of the instrument, in a sense.

It's rather like remembering how to bowl a leg break in cricket, even if I couldn't do it now.'

Holst's The Planets displays astonishing verve in its orchestration and in the radicalism of much of its content for its time.

Bridge: Isabella

Harrison Birtwistle: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (UK Premiere)

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Holst Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 11 September at 2pm.

David Robertson conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in music by Bridge and Birtwistle.

2011701 - Bridge, Birtwistle20110907
2011702 - Holst20110907

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

Head into outer space with Holst's planetary survey.

Plus Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new Violin

Concerto - his first for a stringed instrument - and Frank Bridge's Keats-inspired symphonic poem Isabella.

Frank Bridge is at his most romantic and Lisztian in this symphonic poem , given its world premiere at the Proms by founder-conductor Henry Wood.

Birtwistle's Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for Christian Tetzlaff and unveiled by him in March to rave reviews.

The composer himself studied the clarinet, although he says, 'I had some violin lessons at school, so I have a memory of the physical feel of the instrument, in a sense.

It's rather like remembering how to bowl a leg break in cricket, even if I couldn't do it now.'

Holst's The Planets displays astonishing verve in its orchestration and in the radicalism of much of its content for its time.

Holst: The Planets

Christian Tetzlaff (violin)

Holst Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Robertson (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 11 September at 2pm.

BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Holst Singers under David Robertson in Holst's The Planets.

201171Stan Kenton Tribute20110907

2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Jez Nelson

A Late Night centenary tribute to the great American band leader Stan Kenton whose orchestra during the late 1940s and early 1950s was the biggest jazz attraction in the world.

Drawing to its ranks the cream of America's soloists and arrangers his famous 'wall of sound' is still hugely influential on the big bands today.

The BBC Big Band celebrates his legacy in a programme that includes some of his classical arrangements with special guest vocalist Claire Martin.

Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm (excerpt)

Sampson (arr.

Bill Holman): Stompin' At The Savoy

Strouse: (arr.

Bill Holman): Lot Of Livin' To Do

Greer (arr.

Kenton): All About Ronnie

Warren (arr.

Kenton): Jeepers Creepers

Johnston (arr Paich): My Old Flame

Kenton: Concerto To End All Concertos

Lecuona (arr.

Bill Holman): Malaguena

Burke (arr.

Kenton): Black Coffee

Strayhorn (arr.

Niehaus): Daydream

Richards: Cuban Fire Suite

Claire Martin (vocalist)

BBC Big Band

Jiggs Whigham (conductor).

The BBC Big Band with vocalist Claire Martin perform a tribute to Stan Kenton.

2011-PCPProms Composer Portraits, Pascal Dusapin20110727

Presented by Andrew McGregor at the Royal College of Music.

Pascal Dusapin discusses his chamber music with Andrew McGregor, and introduces performances of his String Quartet No.6, 'Hinterland', and Trio Rombach by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Pascal Dusapin discusses his chamber music with Andrew McGregor.