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01Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 1: Voces82019072220190728 (R3)

Live at the BBC Proms: VOCES8 sing works from Hildegard of Bingen and Perotin to Jonathan Dove and a BBC commission from Alexia Sloane, via Josquin, Victoria and Gibbons.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Hildegard von Bingen
Spiritus sanctus vivificans

Pérotin
Viderunt omnes

Josquin des Prez
Ave Maria … Virgo serena

Jean Mouton
Nesciens mater virgo virum

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Regina coeli (a 8)

Jonathan Dove
Vadam et circuibo civitatem

Orlande de Lassus
Missa 'Bell'Amfitrit'altera' – Gloria

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Magnificat primi toni

William Byrd
Sing joyfully unto God our strength

Alexia Sloane
Earthward
BBC commission: world premiere

Orlando Gibbons
O clap your hands together

VOCES8

From the supple plainchant melodies of Hildegard of Bingen to the sophisticated choral polyphony of Palestrina, Byrd and Lassus, Proms debut artists VOCES8 return to music’s origins to launch a sequence of lunchtime concerts spanning 800 years.

Live BBC Proms. VOCES8 sing works from P\u00e9rotin to Jonathan Dove and Alexia Sloane.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

02Proms At ... Battersea Arts Centre20190727

Live at BBC Proms from the newly refurbished Battersea Arts Centre:
Georgia Mann presents a showcase of provocative, witty and boundary-crossing composer-performers, who have been driving new music in previously unimagined directions.

Oliver Coates, Crewdson & Cevanne, Jennifer Walshe, Kit Downes, Neil Luck and Musarc experiment with found sounds, new instruments, electronics and the outer limits of the human voice.

Live BBC Proms. Oliver Coates, Crewdson & Cevanne and Jennifer Walshe.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

03Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 2: A Celebration Of Barbara Strozzi2019072920190804 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: Mariana Flores, Cappella Mediterranea and Leonardo García Alarcón celebrate the 400th anniversary of pioneering Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi. A selection of love songs by Strozzi and her contemporaries includes the poignant ‘Lagrime mie’ and ‘Che si può fare’.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny from Cadogan Hall.

Barbara Strozzi: L'amante segreto
Antonia Bembo: Ercole amante – 'Mingannasti in verità'
Barbara Strozzi: Che si può fare
Antonia Bembo: Ercole amante – 'Volgete altrove il guardo'
Barbara Strozzi: Sino alla morte
Francesco Cavalli: Ercole amante – 'E vuol dunque Ciprigna'
Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime mie

Mariana Flores (soprano)
Cappella Mediterranea
Leonardo García Alarcón (harpsichord/organ/director)

Few composers paint human emotion as vividly or with greater insight, wit and poignancy than Barbara Strozzi whose songs and madrigals stand alongside Monteverdi’s as some of the greatest of the age.

Argentine soprano Mariana Flores and period-instrument ensemble Cappella Mediterranea celebrate Strozzi’s anniversary with a selection of love songs by the composer and her contemporaries, including the arresting ‘Lagrime mie’ and the touching ‘Che si puo fare’.

Live BBC Proms. Mariana Flores, Cappella Mediterranea and Leonardo Garc\u00eda Alarc\u00f3n.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Presented by Petroc Trelawny from Cadogan Hall.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny from Cadogan Hall.

04Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 3: The English Concert2019080520190811 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: Kristian Bezuidenhout directs The English Concert from the keyboard in a Baroque journey around Europe in the company of Purcell, Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Handel.

Presented from Cadogan Hall by Petroc Trelawny

Henry Purcell: The Virtuous Wife – overture; The Fairy Queen – Hornpipe; The Virtuous Wife – Second Music: First Act Tune;
The Indian Queen – Rondeau; Chacony
Louis Marchand: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 – Allemande
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonata in D minor
Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in A minor, TWV 43:a 5
George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

The English Concert
Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord and director)

Live BBC Proms. The English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout play Purcell and Handel.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Henry Purcell: The Virtuous Wife – overture; The Fairy Queen – Hornpipe; The Virtuous Wife – First Act Tune; The Indian Queen – Rondeau; Chacony in G minor
Louis Marchand: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 – Allemande
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonata in D minor
Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in A minor, TWV 43:a 5
George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Live at BBC Proms: Kristian Bezuidenhout directs The English Concert from the keyboard in a Baroque journey around Europe in the company of Purcell, Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and Handel.

Presented from Cadogan Hall by Petroc Trelawny

Henry Purcell: The Virtuous Wife – overture; The Fairy Queen – Hornpipe; The Virtuous Wife – First Act Tune; The Indian Queen – Rondeau; Chacony in G minor
Louis Marchand: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 – Allemande
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Violin Sonata in D minor
Georg Philipp Telemann: Sonata in A minor, TWV 43:a 5
George Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5 No. 4

The English Concert
Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord and director)

Live BBC Proms. The English Concert and Kristian Bezuidenhout play Purcell and Handel.

05Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 4: Aris Quartet2019081220190818 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: the Aris Quartet play Haydn's ' Sunrise' Quartet and youthful works by Schubert and Haydn's Venetian contemporary, Maddalena Laura Sirmen.

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 1
Maddalena Laura Sirmen: String Quartet No. 5 in F minor
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B flat major, 'Sunrise'

Aris Quartet

Praised for their suppleness of sound, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Aris Quartet make their Proms debut with Haydn’s ebullient ‘Sunrise’ Quartet – nicknamed for the beautiful climbing phrase with which it opens.

This late, great work is paired with two youthful pieces: Schubert’s quietly innovative String Quartet No. 1, and the String Quartet No. 5 by Maddalena Laura Sirmen (born Lombardini) – the 18th-century violin virtuoso and pupil of Tartini, whose career was a defiant exception in a male-dominated profession.

Live BBC Proms. The Aris Quartet play Haydn, Schubert and Maddalena Laura Sirmen.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Live at BBC Proms: the Aris Quartet play Haydn's ' Sunrise' Quartet and youthful works by Schubert and Haydn's Venetian contemporary, Maddalena Laura Sirmen.

Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 1
Maddalena Laura Sirmen: String Quartet No. 5 in F minor
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B flat major, 'Sunrise'

Aris Quartet

Praised for their suppleness of sound, BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Aris Quartet make their Proms debut with Haydn’s ebullient ‘Sunrise’ Quartet – nicknamed for the beautiful climbing phrase with which it opens.

This late, great work is paired with two youthful pieces: Schubert’s quietly innovative String Quartet No. 1, and the String Quartet No. 5 by Maddalena Laura Sirmen (born Lombardini) – the 18th-century violin virtuoso and pupil of Tartini, whose career was a defiant exception in a male-dominated profession.

Live BBC Proms. The Aris Quartet play Haydn, Schubert and Maddalena Laura Sirmen.

06Proms At ... Holy Sepulchre London20190817

BBC Singers and Sofi Jeannin perform Benjamin Britten's Sacred and Profane, Judith Weir's Missa del Cid and Joanna Lee's At this man’s hand.

Live from The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Holborn, London.
Presented by Ian Skelly.

Programme
William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
Benjamin Britten: Sacred and Profane
John Ireland: The Holy Boy
Thea Musgrave: Rorate coeli
Elizabeth Maconchy: Three Donne Songs – No. 1: A Hymn to God the Father
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Valiant-for-truth
Judith Weir: Missa del Cid
Joanna Lee: At this man’s hand (BBC commission: world premiere)

BBC Singers
Sofi Jeannin conductor

The BBC Singers and Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin take the Proms to the ‘Musicians’ Church’, Holy Sepulchre London (aka St Sepulchure-without-Newgate), where Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood first learnt the organ and was later laid to rest.
This varied conspectus of 20th-century English choral music opens with the setting of lines by the then Poet Laureate, John Masefield, that Walton composed for the unveiling of the church’s Henry Wood memorial window in 1946, and is brought up to date with a new commission by Joanna Lee, At this man’s hand, setting the verse by Masefield that is inscribed on the window itself.

Live BBC Proms. BBC Singers and Sofi Jeannin perform Judith Weir's Missa del Cid.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

07Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 5: Louise Alder2019081920190825 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: soprano Louise Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman with songs by Schubert, Rossini, Chopin, Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at Cadogan Hall.

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade; Nacht und Träume; Die Forelle
Felix Mendelssohn: Auf Flügeln des Gesanges; Der Mond; Neue Liebe
Fanny Hensel; Bergeslust; Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass; Nach Süden
Liszt: Freudvoll und leidvoll; O lieb, so lang du lieben kannst; S'il est un charmant gazon;
Oh! quand je dors; Comment, disaient-ils
Chopin: Życzenie; Śliczny chłopiec
Rossini: Canzonetta spagnuola

Louise Alder (soprano)
Gary Matthewman (piano)

As we reach the 19th century in our Monday lunchtime survey of music spanning over 800 years, soprano Louis Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman present a recital of songs from across Europe, including Lieder by Schubert, and by both Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny (published under her married name of Hensel), whose final song, ‘Bergeslust’ – completed just a day before her death at the age of only 41 – tempers joy with a poignant ending.

The many facets of love are exposed in Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Der Mond’ and ‘Neue Liebe’, as well as in Chopin’s ‘Sliczny chłopiec’ (Handsome Lad) and songs by Liszt and Rossini.

Live BBC Proms. A song recital given by soprano Louise Alder and pianist Gary Matthewman.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

08Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 6: Amatis Trio2019082620190901 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Amatis Piano Trio makes their Proms debut playing Clara Schumann's Piano Trio, plus music by her husband Robert Schumann.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Robert Schumann
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op 70

Clara Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 22
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17

Amatis Piano Trio

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Amatis Piano Trio make their Proms debut with chamber works by husband-and-wife composers Robert and Clara Schumann. The centrepiece is Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio – a mature work, and one of her finest.

Live BBC Proms. The Amatis Piano Trio play music by Robert and Clara Schumann.

09Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 7: Silesian String Quartet2019090220190908 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: the Silesian String Quartet play Weinberg's 7th String Quartet and are joined by pianist Wojciech Świtała in Bacewicz's late masterpiece, the Piano Quintet No.1.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mieczysław Weinberg
String Quartet No. 7

Grażyna Bacewicz
Piano Quintet No. 1

Silesian String Quartet
Wojciech Świtała (piano)

Celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg – the composer Shostakovich famously hailed as his musical successor – continue with an all-Polish programme from the first half of the 20th century that sets Weinberg’s own music alongside that of his great contemporary Grażyna Bacewicz.

Folk themes take on a new sophistication, cleverly manipulated and moulded in Bacewicz’s mature masterpiece the Piano Quintet No. 1.

Poland’s award-winning Silesian String Quartet are joined here by pianist Wojciech Świtała.

Live BBC Proms. Silesian String Quartet plays works by Weinberg and Bacewicz.

Live at BBC Proms: the Silesian String Quartet play Weinberg's 7th String Quartet and are joined by pianist Wojciech Świtała in Bacewicz's late masterpiece, her Piano Quintet No.1.

Live BBC Proms. The Silesian String Quartet plays works by Weinberg and Bacewicz.

10Proms At ... Cadogan Hall 8: Tribute To Oliver Knussen2019090920190915 (R3)

Live at BBC Proms: the newly-formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth pay tribute to Oliver Knussen, in works by Birtwistle, Abrahamsen and Freya Waley-Cohen.

Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Oliver Knussen
… upon one note – Fantasia after Purcell

Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia upon all the notes

Freya Waley-Cohen
new work
BBC commission: world premiere

Oliver Knussen
Study for 'Metamorphosis'

Hans Abrahamsen
Herbstlied

Alastair Putt
Halazuni

Oliver Knussen
Songs without Voices

Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

The final concert in this year’s Proms at … Cadogan Hall series, tracing over 800 years of music history, brings us from the late 20th century right up to the present day.

A giant of British contemporary music, composer Oliver Knussen is celebrated a year on from his death in a special performance by the newly formed Knussen Chamber Orchestra. Made up of orchestral principals and rising young musicians from across the UK, the ensemble is conducted by Knussen’s protégé Ryan Wigglesworth.

Knussen’s own Purcell-inspired … upon one note, lyrical Songs without Voices and Study for ‘Metamorphosis’ for solo bassoon are framed by works from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Alastair Putt and a newly commissioned work by Freya Waley-Cohen.

Live BBC Proms. Knussen Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth.