BBC Proms
30 Jul 2015 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2015 Prom 17: Hallé – Debussy, Vaughan Williams & Elgar Prom 17: Hallé – Debussy, Vaughan Williams & Elgar

Prom 17: Hallé – Debussy, Vaughan Williams & Elgar

Played

19:30 Thursday 30 Jul 2015 Royal Albert Hall

  • Claude Debussy 1862–1918
  • Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (11 mins)
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872–1958
  • INTERVAL
  • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
  • Symphony No 2 in E flat major Symphony No 2 in E flat major Also known as: Symphony No 2 in E flat major, Op 63 (57 mins)

About this event

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé champion Vaughan Williams’s neglected oratorio Sancta civitas – an ecstatic vision of post-apocalyptic salvation. It’s a piece made for the huge space of the Royal Albert Hall, where its heavenly trumpets and choirs can swell to full force. Described by Elgar’s wife as ‘vast in design and supremely beautiful’, his Second Symphony took a while to win public affection, but is now almost as cherished as Debussy’s evocative tone-poem depicting the lascivious thoughts of a sleepy faun – a work the composer Pierre Boulez has hailed as signalling the beginning of modern music.

Events on 30 Jul 2015

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Broadcasts of this performance

  • BBC Proms

    BBC Proms

    BBC Proms Sunday Symphony: Elgar's Second
    19:00 2 Aug 2015
    BBC Four
  • BBC Proms

    BBC Proms

    Prom 17 (part 1): Halle - Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Elgar
    19:30 30 Jul 2015
    BBC Radio 3
  • BBC Proms

    BBC Proms

    Prom 17 (part 2): Halle - Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Elgar
    20:40 30 Jul 2015
    BBC Radio 3
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