BBC Proms
29 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2012 Prom 21: Aldeburgh World Orchestra Prom 21: Aldeburgh World Orchestra

Prom 21: Aldeburgh World Orchestra


20:00 Sunday 29 Jul 2012 Royal Albert Hall

  • Benjamin Britten 1913–1976
  • Sinfonia da Requiem Sinfonia da Requiem Also known as: Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20 (21 mins)
  • Gustav Mahler 1860–1911
  • Symphony no. 10 in F-sharp minor: I. Adagio (22 mins)
  • Charlotte Bray b.1982
  • At the Speed of Stillness
    BBC commission: world premiere (10 mins)
  • Igor Stravinsky 1882–1971
  • The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring Also known as: Le Sacre du printemps (32 mins)

About this event

In the second of four appearances this season (see Proms 1, 36 & 37) Sir Mark Elder directs an orchestra of young musicians brought together from every continent.

The programme begins with Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem, both a private memorial to his parents and a reaction to the developing menace of war. Next we sample Mahler’s big-boned lyricism, an idiom Britten particularly esteemed. The world premiere of a BBC commission from a young composer to watch is followed by the iconic work whose unveiling provoked a scandal for Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes.


Discover the Music Download a 3 minute audio guide to a key work in tonight's Prom: Tom Service talks about Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

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