BBC Proms Chamber Music 2008


20080818Presented by Christopher Cook, live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Virtuosic viola da gamba player Jordi Savall makes his Proms debut with his longtime collaborator Rolf Lislevand on theorbo and guitar.

Famous for his performance of the music of Marais in the film Tous les matins du monde, Savall performs two of his works in this concert, alongside music by Ortiz, Sanz and the eccentric English champion of the viol Tobias Hume.

Jordi Savall (bass viol/viola da gamba)

Rolf Lislevand (theorbo/guitar)

Ortiz: Passamezzo antico; Folia; Ruggiero Romanesca; Passamezzo moderno

Hume: A Souldiers March; Harke, harke; A Souldiers Resolution

Marais: Prelude (Pieces de viole, 3eme livre); Muzettes 1/11; La sautillante

Sanz: Jacaras; Canarios

Marais: Couplets des Folies d'espagne

012008072120080726Christopher Cook presents pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the first Chamber Prom of the 2008 season, live from Cadogan Hall, London.

The recital conjures up themes of the night, with Schumann's Songs of Dawn suggesting the romantic moods of the pre-dawn hours, a theme taken up by Carter's Night Fantasies.

Aimard, a leading exponent of Messiaen's piano music, offers a sketch of a night-time bird with his L'alouette lulu, and Bartok's Out of Doors Suite contains its own night music, complete with birds, cicadas and a Hungarian frog.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)

Schumann: Gesange der Fruhe, Op 133

Elliott Carter: Night Fantasies

Messiaen: Catalogue d'oiseaux - L'alouette lulu

Bartok: Out of Doors Suite.

0220080728Presented by Christopher Cook, live from Cadogan Hall, London.

A concert dedicated to the music of the Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi.

All that survives of his second opera Arianna - whose 400th anniversary falls this year - is Arianna's Lament, which became so famous that 40 years later, it was said to be on the shelves of every serious musician.

Book-ending this are are reflections of love and war from Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals.

I Fagiolini


Robert Hollingworth (director)

Monteverdi: Volgendo il ciel; Lamento d'Arianna (Arianna); Il ballo delle ingrate.

0320080804Presented by Christopher Cook, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Violinist Alina Ibragimova and pianist Huw Watkins perform two works by French composers at opposite ends of their careers: Debussy's Sonata was the last work he completed, while Messiaen's Theme and Variations is a youthful piece written as a wedding present for his first wife.

The violin part of Prokofiev's neo-classical Second Sonata though virtuosic is also highly lyrical and elegant, evidence of the work's inception as a sonata for flute.

Huw Watkins (piano)

Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano

Messiaen: Theme and variations, for violin and piano

Prokofiev: Sonata No 2 in D for violin and piano, Op 94a.

0420080816Live from Cadogan Hall, London.

Presented by Suzy Klein.

Messiaen's song-cycle Harawi is the first part of a trilogy of works inspired by the legend of Tristan and Isolde.

Harawi alludes to Peruvian love songs, even though the texts to the 12 songs are by Messiaen himself.

Gwenneth-Ann Jeffers (soprano)

Simon Lepper (piano)