BBC Proms
23 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2016 Prom 50 Prom 50: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

Prom 50

Played

19:30 Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 Royal Albert Hall

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
  • Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet' Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet' Also known as: Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet', Op 67 (18 mins)
  • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Also known as: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43 (23 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
  • Symphony No 3 in C minor Symphony No 3 in C minor Also known as: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44 (34 mins)

In 1919 Prokofiev started work on his opera The Fiery Angel, a touching love story set against the backdrop of demonic possession. He recast much of the opera’s most impactful music into his Third Symphony. Alexander Vedernikov conducts it here after Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninov’s devilish and ever-entertaining ‘Paganini’ Variations, and the final instalment of fellow Russian Tchaikovsky’s three Shakespeare overtures.

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