BBC Proms
3 Sep 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 66 Prom 66: Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle – Julian Anderson, Dvořák and Brahms

Prom 66


19:30 Saturday 3 Sep 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Julian Anderson b.1967
  • Incantesimi
    UK premiere (8 mins)
  • Antonin Dvorak 1841–1904
  • Slavonic Dances, Op 46 Slavonic Dances, Op 46 Also known as: 8 Slavonic Dances, Op 46 (36 mins)
  • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
  • Symphony No 2 in D major Symphony No 2 in D major Also known as: Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 73 (41 mins)

Overlooking a lake in the Austrian resort of Pörtschach, Johannes Brahms created a symphony that captured all he saw: the beauty of the sunset; the stillness of the night; the peaceful awakening to a new day. And yet its musicians were to play, said Brahms, as if ‘with a mourning ribbon around their arm’.

Brahms’s meeting of glowing melancholy and piercing brightness is the culmination of the Berlin Philharmonic’s second Prom under Sir Simon Rattle, following Dvořák’s colourful Slavonic Dances and a new work from Julian Anderson.

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