BBC Proms Chamber Concerts


200901Henry Viii Anniversary2009072020090725From Cadogan Hall, Andrew Carwood directs The Cardinall's Musick in a programme marking the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII.

Richly sonorous and grand in design, the music of the time combines massive choral writing with a complex layering of solo lines.

The mix of sacred and secular includes songs by King Henry himself and settings of texts in his honour by leading composers of the day.

Henry VIII: Pastyme with good companye

Fayrfax: Gloria (Missa Regali ex progenie)

W Cornysh: Ah, Robin, gentle Robin

Henry VIII: Helas, madame

Fayrfax: Benedicte! What dreamed I?

Sampson: Psallite felices

Taverner: Christe Jesu, pastor bone

Tallis: Sancte Deus, sancte fortis

Ludford: Domine Jesu Christe.

Live from Cadogan Hall, Andrew Carwood directs The Cardinall's Musick.

200902Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau2009080120090727From Cadogan Hall, London.

Louise Fryer presents a French song recital by American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and her duo partner Malcolm Martineau.

Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano)

Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Bizet: Chanson d'avril

Franck: Nocturne

Chabrier: Les cigales

Bachelet: Chere nuit

Duparc: Au pays ou se fait la guerre

Ravel: Le Paon (Histoires naturelles)

Caplet: Le corbeau et le renard

Roussel: Reponse d'une epouse sage

Debussy: Colloque sentimental (Fetes galantes)

Honegger: Trois chansons de la petite sirene

Rosenthal: La souris d'Angleterre (Chansons du monsieur Bleu)

Poulenc: La dame de Monte-Carlo.

A French song recital by American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau

200903The Belcea Quartet2009080320090808From Cadogan Hall, London.

Suzy Klein presents a chamber Prom in which former Radio 3 New Generation Artists the Belcea Quartet pay homage to Haydn and Britten.

The former's Quartet comes from a period in the 1780s when he declared that he was writing 'in a new and special way', and the second-movement set of variations is characteristically unexpected and quirky in its shifting contrasts of mood.

Britten's atmospheric and evocative Second Quartet was composed in 1945 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell, and the finale is an extended set of variations which offers an extraordinary glimpse of Purcell's sound world refracted through the imagination of a composer who loved his music.

Haydn: String Quartet in F sharp minor, Op 50, No 4

Britten: String Quartet No 2.

Belcea Quartet in Haydn: String Quartet in F sharp minor and Britten: String Quartet No 2.

200904Scottish Chamber Orchestra2009081020090815From Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

The Scottish Ensemble is directed by Jonathan Morton in a rich variety of string music spanning three centuries.

At the programme's heart is a new piece by John Woolrich, framed by classic works by Mozart and Purcell.

Stravinsky's mercurial Concerto of 1946 casts an ironic eye back to the musical past as it extracts every ounce of colour and contrast from the strings.

With its disjointed motor rhythms, the music twists and turns, alternately maladroit and elegant, high-spirited and nostalgic.

Jonathan Morton (violin/director)

Purcell: Chacony

Mozart: Divertimento in F, K138

John Woolrich: Capriccio (world premiere)

Stravinsky: Concerto in D for strings.

Scottish Ensemble in Purcell: Chacony.

Mozart: Divertimento in F.

200905Llyr Williams2009081720090822From Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Welsh pianist and former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Llyr Williams performs a recital of Baroque Reflections, inspired by Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.

Williams complements Brahms with works by composers who reinvented Bach for their own times - Busoni, with his transcription of Bach's Chorale Preludes and Mendelssohn, with his fresh take on the Prelude and Fugue.

Llyr Williams (piano)

Mendelssohn: Prelude and Fugue in E minor, Op 35 No 1

Bach, transcr Busoni: Chorale Preludes: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme; Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein; Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.

Welsh pianist Llyr Williams performs Mendelssohn, Bach and Brahms.

200906Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis And Denes Varjon20090824From Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Louise Fryer.

Long-term chamber partners Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis join forces with a brilliant young Hungarian pianist for music of poetry and drama.

They perform Fantasiestucke, Schumann's four character pieces, which were the composer's first works for piano trio, composed in 1842 when he was particularly interested in the form.

Theses are followed by Mendelssohn's Piano Trio, Op 49, which Schumann himself dubbed 'the master trio of our age'.

It bears the hallmarks of an expressive 'song without words' and a fleeting 'scherzo', alongside the Romantic sweep and grandeur of its outer movements.

Joshua Bell (violin)

Steven Isserlis (cello)

Denes Varjon (piano)

Schumann: Phantasiestucke, Op 88

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor, Op 49.

Joshua Bell (violin), Steven Isserlis (cello), Denes Varjon (piano): Schumann, Mendelssohn

200907Purcell Tribute20090912From Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

The 2009 Chamber Prom series concludes with a tribute to Henry Purcell in his 350th anniversary year.

The programme includes a sequence of his solo songs and keyboard pieces, concluding with his powerful Evening Hymn.

There is also John Blow's Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell, a moving response to Purcell's genius.

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)

Simon Wall (tenor)

Members of the Academy of Ancient Music

Richard Egarr (harpsichord/director)

Purcell: Suite in D (excerpts); Hail, Bright Cecilia - Tis nature's voice; A New Ground; Music for a while; Suite in D (excerpts); Sweeter than roses

Blow: Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

Purcell: Evening Hymn.

A Proms tribute to Henry Purcell, featuring favourite vocal and instrumental works.