BBC Proms
7 Sep 2014 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2014 Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra

Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra


19:30 Sunday 7 Sep 2014 Royal Albert Hall

  • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
  • Academic Festival Overture Academic Festival Overture Also known as: Academic Festival Overture, Op 80 (10 mins)
  • Jörg Widmann b.1973
  • Flûte en suite
    UK premiere (21 mins)
  • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
  • Symphony No 1 in C minor Symphony No 1 in C minor Also known as: Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68 (41 mins)
  • Johann Strauss II 1825–1899
  • Ritter Pásmán, Op 441
    Czardas (encore)

About this event

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of America’s great ensembles. After an absence of almost a decade it returns to the Proms under Music Director Franz Welser-Möst for the first of two concerts.

If Brahms’s stormy and intricately structured First Symphony sees the composer at his most serious and structurally ambitious, his Academic Festival Overture is a rare example of his levity – an elegantly constructed musical thank-you-letter to Breslau University, taking its themes from boisterous student songs.

At the centre of the programme is a concerto commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra for its principal flautist Joshua Smith. Rejecting anything too grandiose, young German composer Jörg Widmann has opted for a suite of dance movements – playful, referential and imaginatively disorienting.


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