Late Escapes [BBC Proms]

In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

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Bach - Goldberg Variations20200910A chance to relive a very special late night Prom with the Grammy Award-winning pianist András Schiff, performing JS Bach's Goldberg Variations live at the Proms in 2015.

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Bach: 'Goldberg' Variations, BWV 988

András Schiff, piano

Grammy Award-winning pianist Sir András Schiff is a titan of the keyboard, bringing his distinctive blend of clarity and authority to repertoire from Bach to Bartók. In this Prom he continues his long association with Bach's music in a performance of the composer's 'Goldberg' Variations - a monumental work composed, according to its title-page, 'for the refreshment of the spirits'. The resulting Aria and variations are a compositional wonder, a sequence of musical miniatures unequalled in all Bach's output.

Andr\u00e1s Schiff performs JS Bach's Goldberg Variations live at the Proms in 2015.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Bbc Proms: Monteverdi's Vespers20200726French period instrument collective Pygmalion make their 2017 Proms debut in Monteverdi’s iconic Vespers of 1610. Presented by Kate Molleson.

Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Giuseppina Bridelli (soprano)
Eva Zaïcik (mezzo-soprano)
Emiliano Gonzalez‐Toro (tenor)
Magnus Staveland (tenor)
Virgile Ancely (bass)
Renaud Bres (bass)
Geoffroy Buffière (bass)
Ensemble Pygmalion
Director Raphaël Pichon
(From BBC Proms 2017, 31 July)

Before there was Bach's Mass in B minor or Beethoven's Missa solemnis there was Monteverdi's Vespers, a choral masterpiece of unprecedented musical scope and audacious beauty. The work's textural extremes, multiple choirs and sonic effects are brought richly to life in this 2017 Proms performance marking the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

This concert was the Proms debut of award-winning French Baroque ensemble Pygmalion under its director Raphaël Pichon, together with an exciting line-up of young soloists.

French period instrument collective Pygmalion perform Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Hollywood Rhapsody Prom20200724In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts. This evening's concert, from 2013, features Proms favourites John Wilson and his orchestra in a celebration of classic Hollywood film scores.

Connecticut-born child prodigy Alfred Newman’s ‘Street Scene’, from the 1953 classic How to Marry a Millionaire, contrasts with the music of Jewish émigrés Erich Korngold, Max Steiner and Franz Waxman, with suites from Korngold’s swashbuckling score for Robin Hood, Steiner’s nostalgic music for Casablanca and Waxman’s brooding score for A Place in the Sun – all of them Academy Award-winners – making for a red-carpet event.

Presented by Georgia Mann

7.30pm
Newman: Street Scene
Kaper: Confetti
Raskin: Laura - New Suite
Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Herrmann: Salammbo Aria (Citizen Kane)
Korngold: Robin Hood - Suite
Moross: The Big Country

c.8:20pm Interval

c.8:35pm
Steiner: Casablanca - Suite
Various: Main Title - Song Medley
Waxman: A Place in the Sun
Rózsa: Ben-Hur - Suite

Venera Gimadieva (soprano)
Matthew Ford (vocalist)
Jane Monheit (vocalist)
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)

(From BBC Proms 2013, 26 August)

John Wilson and his Orchestra perform hits from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

7.30pm
Newman: Street Scene
Kaper: Confetti
Raskin: Laura - New Suite
Herrmann: Psycho Suite
Herrmann: Salammbo Aria (Citizen Kane)
Korngold: Robin Hood - Suite

c.8:35pm
Moross: The Big Country
Steiner: Casablanca - Suite
Various: Main Title - Song Medley
Waxman: A Place in the Sun
Bradley: Tom and Jerry at MGM
Rózsa: Ben-Hur - Suite
Waxman: Taras Bulba - The Ride of the Cossacks

BBC Proms: John Wilson and his Orchestra perform hits from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Laura Mvula And The Metropole Orkest20200903In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

BBC Proms: Award-winning singer-songwriter Laura Mvula made her second Proms appearance in 2014 following her hugely successful debut in the Urban Classic Prom the previous year. The evening showcased Mvula’s talents in a new light, featuring the public premiere of Jules Buckley’s new orchestral remix of the singer’s album Sing to the Moon, with the Netherlands-based Metropole Orchestra making its Proms debut.

L. Mvula: Like the Morning Dew
L. Mvula: Sing to the Moon
L. Mvula: Flying Without You
L. Mvula: She
L. Mvula: Can’t Live with the World
L. Mvula: Is There Anybody Out There?
L. Mvula: I Don’t Know What the Weather Will Be
L. Mvula: Diamonds
L. Mvula: Father, Father
E. Spalding: Cinnamon Tree
L. Mvula; Green Garden
George Houston Bass/Nina Simone: Seeline Woman
L. Mvula: That’s Alright

Laura Mvula (singer)
ElectricVocals
Metropole Orchestra
Jules Buckley (conductor)

(From BBC Proms 2014, 19 August)

Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula with the Metropole Orkest.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Nils Frahm And A Winged Victory For The Sullen20200730In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

For this late night Prom first broadcast in 2015, 6Music's Mary Anne Hobbs presents performance featuring the influential German composer-performer Nils Frahm and the American duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Mary Anne Hobbs

Nils Frahm (piano/keyboards)
Members of Wayne McGregor

Random Dance
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
London Brass

Nils Frahm and the American duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen are musicians who explore the borderlands of classical music. All made their Proms debut in 2015. Mary Anne's interest in these artists was piqued when she noticed the seismic effect their music had whenever she played it on her 6Music weekend breakfast show.

6Music's Mary Anne Hobbs presents a special Late Night Prom from 2015.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Paul Hillier's Theatre Of Voices Perform Stockhausen's Stimmung2008080220200820BBC Proms: Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier had already released a magnificent recording of Stimmung a year before this Prom (one which lends ‘even more enchantment to this extraordinary work’, according to The Guardian). But this hypnotic piece for ‘six singers and six microphones’ takes on a unique atmosphere when performed live – as in this 2008 Prom. Stockhausen: Stimmung (Copenhagen version)
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier (director)

Original performance from 2nd August 2008 presented by Louise Fryer.

In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

Among many influences that Stockhausen acknowledged when composing the work was a month spent wondering among Mexico ruins. The Theatre of Voices – as adept in music of the Middle Ages as in new music – have made something of a specialty of Stimmung, and Hillier’s long association with the piece includes his participation as one of the singers at a Prom performance 30 years ago.

Theatre of Voices perform Stockhausen's Stimmung for 'six singers and six microphones'.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Rachmaninov - All-night Vigil (vespers)20200830In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

This Late Night Prom is a chance to relive the Latvian Radio Choir performing a work hailed as ‘the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church’. Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) is also one of the loveliest works of any faith – a profoundly moving statement of belief and the last major work the composer completed before he left Russia.

Sung unaccompanied, the Vigil is a choral tour de force, pushing the singers to the limits of both range and dynamics. The effect is strikingly dramatic, encompassing the ecstatic choral celebration of the Resurrection Hymn ‘Today salvation has come’ and the infinite tenderness of the ‘Ave Maria’.

Presented by Kate Molleson

Sergey Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil (Vespers)

Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Kļava (director)

(From the BBC Proms 2017, 13 August)

The Latvian Radio Choir performs Rachmaninov's masterpiece at the Royal Albert Hall

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

Stax: A Soul Celebration2017091520200830 (R2)Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are joined by Stax legends Booker T. Jones, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper and Sam Moore with special guests Sir Tom Jones, Beverley Knight, James Morrison and Ruby Turner - All assemble at this late night BBC programme to celebrate The Sound of Soul: Stax Records.

Performing tracks such as '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay', 'Soul Man' (marking 50 years since its release) and 'Private Number', they come together to pay tribute to the Memphis-based record label, founded in 1957 and synonymous with Southern Soul - a distinctive blend of funk, gospel and R & B championed by the likes of Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and the Staple Singers.

Jools also talks to Deanie Parker, a remarkable woman who was the second ever Stax employee and who remains with the company today. As such she has a unique perspective on the label, having herself been a Stax artist, songwriter, producer, publicist, executive and cheerleader.

Jools Holland and guests celebrate The Sound of Soul: Stax Records - at the BBC Proms.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music

The Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio Play Brahms's First Piano Trio20200809When not performing as a soloist, violinist Nicola Benedetti appears frequently as a chamber musician – most often with the trio she co-founded with pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. Here the three musicians pair Brahms’s first and stormiest piano trio – its darkness belying the work’s major key – with music composed in 2013 by American-born composer Arlene Sierra. Inspired by the migration patterns of butterflies, her Butterflies Remember a Mountain is a work of pointillist detail and shimmering harmonies, painted in a sequence of delicate textural gestures.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Brahms: Piano Trio No 1 in B major
Arlene Sierra: Butterflies Remember a Mountain

Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Alexei Grynyuk (piano)

(From BBC Proms 7 September 2015)

The Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio perform works by Brahms and Arlene Sierra.

The annual Henry Wood Promenade Concerts, featuring orchestral classical music