BBC Proms
28 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 57 Prom 57: Thomas Larcher, Wagner and Richard Strauss

Prom 57


19:30 Sunday 28 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Thomas Larcher b.1963
  • Symphony No 2
    Uk premiere (35 mins)
  • Richard Wagner 1813–1883
  • Wesendonck-Lieder (21 mins)
  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • An Alpine Symphony An Alpine Symphony Also known as: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op 64 (49 mins)

An Alpine Symphony combines the tunefulness, richness of orchestration and sheer unadulterated beauty of Richard Strauss’s character-based tonepoems with what is probably his most impressive piece of musical architecture.

Whether depicting a bracing mountain climb or the slow formation of the mountain range itself, the work has a magnificence all of its own, particularly when resounding through the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov scales its heights here, after Wagner’s unalloyed love songs for Mathilde Wesendonck and the first UK performance of Thomas Larcher’s Symphony No. 2.

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