BBC Proms
1 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 23 Prom 23: Jörg Widmann, Schumann, Sibelius and Nielsen

Prom 23


19:30 Monday 1 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Jörg Widmann b.1973
  • Armonica
    UK premiere (14 mins)
  • Robert Schumann 1810–1856
  • Violin Concerto in D minor Violin Concerto in D minor Also known as: Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO 23 (30 mins)
  • Jean Sibelius 1865–1957
  • The Tempest – Prelude The Tempest – Prelude Also known as: The Tempest, Op 109 – Prelude (concert version) (8 mins)
  • Carl Nielsen 1865–1931
  • Symphony No 5 Symphony No 5 Also known as: Symphony No 5, Op 50 (35 mins)

John Storgårds was the first Finnish violinist to record Schumann’s unusual Violin Concerto, but he now steps to the podium, making way for Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair.

Surrounding Schumann’s gem of a concerto are the first UK performance of Jörg Widmann’s ethereal Armonica, the storm-tossed Prelude from Sibelius’s eerie depiction of Shakespeare’s island realm and Carl Nielsen’s landmark symphonic vision of good’s triumph over evil.

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