BBC Proms
10 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

Proms 2011 Prom 35: Liszt, Glière & Rachmaninov Prom 35: Liszt, Glière & Rachmaninov

Prom 35: Liszt, Glière & Rachmaninov

Played

19:00 Wednesday 10 Aug 2011 Royal Albert Hall

  • Franz Liszt 1811–1886
  • Mazeppa (17 mins)
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière 1875–1956
  • Concerto for Coloratura Soprano (14 mins)
  • INTERVAL
  • Sergei Rachmaninov 1873–1943
  • Symphony No 2 in E minor Symphony No 2 in E minor Also known as: Symphony No 2 in E minor, Op 27 (62 mins)

About this event

Liszt's symphonic poem (he invented the genre) is based on Victor Hugo's poem about the legendary Mazeppa, a nobleman caught in flagrante who is tied to a wild horse which is then driven into the night.

Continuing this season's exploration of non-standard concertos, Ailish Tynan tackles a Glière rarity unheard at the Proms since the 1980s. By contrast, Rachmaninov's gloriously lyrical Second Symphony has become a firm favourite in recent years.

A sense of symphonic unity is provided by its network of thematic cross-references, which also give rise to some of the composer's best tunes. The Adagio is especially famous for its lovely, long-breathed clarinet melody over softly murmuring violins.

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