BBC Proms
2 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2011 Prom 24: Elgar, Grainger & Strauss Prom 24: Elgar, Grainger & Strauss

Prom 24: Elgar, Grainger & Strauss


19:00 Tuesday 2 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

  • Edward Elgar 1857–1934
  • There is sweet music (4 mins)
  • Violin Concerto (50 mins)
  • Percy Grainger 1882–1961
  • County Derry Air (4 mins)
  • Suite 'In a Nutshell' (20 mins)
  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (15 mins)

About this event

Tasmin Little and Sir Andrew Davis tackle a favourite concerto which the violinist has only recently felt ready to commit to disc.

It is preceded by one of Elgar's most radical part-songs, notated in two keys simultaneously in a manner which might be said to parallel the incorrigible experiments of Percy Grainger.

To mark the 50th anniversary of that composer's death, his In a Nutshell suite receives a first outing at the Proms, reaching its popular march finale by way of some unpredictable and darkly complex invention. Once considered dangerously radical itself, Strauss's perky symphonic poem documents the adventures of a purely mythical rascal.

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