- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
Don Giovanni (Overture) (6 mins)
- Oliver Knussen b.1952
Symphony No. 2 (17 mins)
- Gillian Keith soprano
- Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
Symphony No 7 in E minor (78 mins)
About this event
After almost a decade at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (now returning as the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate) opens with Mozart’s famous overture, by turns solemn, impetuous and edgy.
Next we celebrate the 60th birthday of Oliver Knussen, one of British music’s great originals, who found an individual voice while still in his teens. From dreaming sleep to a dawn awakening, the Second Symphony (1971) takes us through a landscape of iridescent colour with a vocal line that soars to stratospheric heights.
Knussen’s nocturnal sequence finds a counterpart in the two ‘Night Music’ movements of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, his own all-encompassing journey from darkness to light.
Discover the Music Download a 3 minute audio guide published daily about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Andrew McGregor talks about Mahler's 7th symphony.