Performance On 3 - Proms 2009


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From the BBC Proms 2009 season, Petroc Trelawny presents Daniel Barenboim conducting a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio - the composer's only opera, which is an impassioned defence of freedom and justice.

With a star-studded cast, the work is sung in German but with an English narration devised by the scholar and historian Edward Said. The opera's themes are given a particular poignancy by the participation of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - the ground-breaking group founded ten years ago by Barenboim and Said which brings together young Israeli and Arab musicians and continues to serve as a beacon of trust, understanding and dialogue between nations in conflict.

Beethoven: Fidelio (concert performance; sung in German, with English narration by Edward Said)

Leonore/narrator....Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano)

Florestan....Simon O'Neill (tenor)

Don Pizarro....Gerd Grochowski (bass-baritone)

Rocco....Sir John Tomlinson (bass)

Marzelline....Adriana Kucerova (soprano)

Jacquino....Stephen Rugamer (tenor)

Don Fernando....Viktor Rud (baritone)

BBC Singers

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

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Presented by Ian Skelly.

A concert from the 2009 Proms season, featuring a performance by David Zinman and his Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich of an overture Schubert published as part of his incidental music to Helmina von Chezy's play Rosamunde. American soprano Dawn Upshaw sings in the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's recent work: an intense exploration of loss and consolation, in which the Argentinian-born composer seeks to find a contemporary resonance within four iconic Schubert songs. Upshaw also featurines in the concluding piece, Mahler's Fourth Symphony.

Dawn Upshaw (soprano)

Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich

David Zinman (conductor)

Schubert: Overture (Rosamunde)

Schubert/Golijov: She Was Here

Mahler: Symphony No 4 in G

Followed by music from Proms Plus: the Aurora Orchestra plays commissioned pieces by winners of the 2008 Proms Inspire Young Composers competition.

Tom Rose:…by the thread of his one breath…

Men Gei Li: In Part

Tom Curran: Travelled Land

En Liang Khong: As on a Darkling Plain

Alex Nikiporenko: The Portrait

Aurora Orchestra

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring - two dances from Part 1 (Ritual of Abduction; Spring Rounds)

Rex Lawson (pianola)

IMP Masters MCD25 TR16 and 17

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Presented by Ian Skelly.

A concert from the 2009 Proms season in which Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Sibelius and Ravel, as well as some of Duparc's finest songs, featuring mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena.

Both Sibelius and Duparc stopped composing decades before their deaths. The seven symphonies Sibelius left, however, securely place him among the greatest symphonists of the 20th century. Duparc left little more than a handful of songs, yet each is a gem of textual subtlety and melodic inspiration; lustrous-toned Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena sings her own selection.

Ravel's pastoral ballet Daphnis et Chloe - commissioned by Diaghilev in 1909, the year he met Stravinsky - was based on an ancient erotic novel; the Second Suite begins with a sunrise and ends in an orgy.

Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor)

Sibelius: Symphony No 1 in E minor

Duparc: L'invitation au voyage; Extase (orch Pierre de Breville); Le manoir de Rosemonde; Chanson triste; Phidyle

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No 2

Followed by music from Proms Plus: Rex Lawson performs Chopin's Scherzo in B flat minor on the pianola.

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Presented by Ian Skelly.

In a concert given at the 2009 Proms, Mariss Jansons and his Dutch orchestra perform Haydn's Military Symphony, composed on a visit to London in 1794-5, at a time when England and Holland were allied with Austria against Republican France. According to an early review, the slow movement - graphically portraying 'the hellish roar of war increase to a climax of horrid sublimity' - was greeted with repeated cries of 'Encore! in which the Ladies themselves could not forbear to join'.

Shostakovich's Tenth - one of the composer's most popular symphonies, and a favourite of Jansons and the orchestra - intertwines the composer's personal motto theme with that of a student with whom he was infatuated.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor)

Haydn: Symphony No 100 in G (Military)

Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor

Followed by music from Proms Plus: Daniel Barenboim introduces and conducts a performance by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Boulez: Notations

Karim Said (piano)

Boulez: Anthemes

Michael Barenboim (violin)

Boulez: Messagesquisse

Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

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Presented by Ian Skelly.

In a concert from the 2009 Proms season, Franz Welser-Most conducts the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic in one of the first set of Haydn's 12 London Symphonies. No 98 was written and premiered during the composer's first visit to England in 1791-2. It is followed by Schubert's Symphony in C (Great) which was only ever given a rough run-through in Vienna during the composer's all-too-short lifetime.

Vienna Philharmonic

Franz Welser-Most (conductor)

Haydn: Symphony No 98 in C

Schubert: Symphony No 9 in C (Great)

Followed by music from Proms Plus featuring ensemble Piano Circus and members of the NYO performing young composers's work.

Miguel del Aguila: Conga Line In Hell

Graham Fitkin: Totti

Piano Circus

Laurie Tompkins: Bloodjet

Liam Patterson: Voce

Joseph Bates: Festival

Aaron Parker: Between the Cathedral and the Piazza

Members of the NYO

Jerry Cornelius (conductor)

Trad. Ghanaian Drumming

NYO Drummers led by Richard Benjafield

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Presented by Ian Skelly.

In a concert from the Proms 2009 season, the Vienna Philharmonic under its distinguished long-term associate and honorary member Zubin Mehta reinvigorate Strauss's quintessentially quixotic set of 'fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character'.

Brahms's final symphony also ends in a vast set of variations, his gloriously late-Romantic take on a Baroque-style passacaglia, using a theme borrowed from a Bach cantata.

The concert begins with another Passacaglia - Webern's own late-Romantic influenced student work.

Christian Frohn (viola)

Tamas Varga (cello)

Vienna Philharmonic

Zubin Mehta (conductor)

Webern: Passacaglia, Op 1

Strauss: Don Quixote

Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor

Hellmesberger: Lightfooted

Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op 214

Followed by more music from the Proms Plus concerts.

John McCabe: Landscape (excerpt)

Joshua Burke (violin)

Anne Chauveau (cello)

Luis Pares (piano)

John McCabe: Cello Sonata

John McCabe: Six Minute Symphony

St Christopher Chamber Orchestra

Donatas Katkus (conductor)

Dutton Laboratories CDLX 7133 tr.13

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

As part of Mendelssohn's bicentenary celebrations, Riccardo Chailly conducts the orchestra of which the composer himself was music director for the last 12 years of his life. Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar is soloist in Mendelssohn's youthful First Concerto which he completed in just three days at the age of 22.

It is followed by Mahler's Tenth Symphony, which was was left unfinished at his death but was triumphantly premiered at the 1964 Proms in a 'performing version' prepared by musicologist Deryck Cooke and Berthold Goldschmidt. Written in the shadow of failing health and a collapsing marriage to his young wife Alma, Mahler scribbled notes in the margins of the manuscript. At one point he writes 'to live for you, to die for you', and over the tender, peaceful ending, when he seems to have come to some resolution, he writes just one word 'Almschi' - his nickname for his wife.

Saleem Abboud Ashkar (piano)

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 25

Mahler, compl Cooke: Symphony No 10

Followed by the first a series of recent recordings by the BBC performing groups:

Bingham: Ghost Towns of the American West

BBC Singers

David Hill (director)

Spoliansky: Suite (The Man who Could Work Miracles)

Ileana Ruhemann (flute)

BBC Concert Orchestra

Rumon Gamba (conductor).