• Mon 1 Sep 2014

    13:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Chamber Music 7: Benjamin Grosvenor
    • Chopin 1810–1849
    • Ballade No. 1 in G minor Ballade in G minor, Op 23 (9 mins)
    • MompouFrederic Mompou 1893–1987
    • Paisajes (11 mins)
    • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
    • Valses nobles et sentimentales (solo piano version) (14 mins)
    • Judith Weir b.1954
    • Day Break Shadows Flee
      BBC commission: world premiere (12 mins)
    • GounodCharles-François Gounod 1818–1893
    • Waltz from 'Faust' (arr. Liszt) (10 mins)
    • Benjamin Grosvenor piano

    The young British pianist performs a programme with a dance theme pulsing through it. Chopin’s stately Ballade No. 1 gives way to the dizzying virtuosity of Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales, before the waltz returns, transfigured, in Liszt’s Waltz from ‘Faust’. Mompou’s Paisajes transports us to Barcelona, and Grosvenor also premieres a new work by Judith Weir.

  • Mon 1 Sep 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Mon 1 Sep 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 60: Roman Holiday
    • BerliozHector Berlioz 1803–1869
    • Overture 'Le carnaval romain' Overture 'Le carnaval romain', Op. 9 (9 mins)
      • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
    • Sinfonia concertante
      original version (19 mins)
      • Danny Driver piano
      • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • BowenYork Bowen 1884–1961
    • Toccata, Op. 155
      (encore)
      • Danny Driver piano
    • INTERVAL
    • RespighiOttorino Respighi 1879–1936
    • Roman Festivals (25 mins)
      • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • Fountains of Rome (Fontane di Roma) (15 mins)
      • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • Pines of Rome (20 mins)
      • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Charles Dutoit Conductor
    • Danny Driver piano

    Plunge into a joyous carnival maelstrom with Berlioz’s giddy Roman Carnival overture. The Italian theme continues with Respighi’s Roman trilogy – a vivid picture of life in the Eternal City. Danny Driver joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Charles Dutoit in Walton’s Sinfonia concertante – a piano concerto in all but name.

  • Tue 2 Sep 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
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  • Tue 2 Sep 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 61: Rachmaninov, Glinka & Zhou Long
    • GlinkaMikhail Ivanovich Glinka 1804–1857
    • Ruslan and Lyudmila
      – overture (6 mins)
      • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
      • Lan Shui Conductor, Proms debut artist
    • Zhou Long b.1953
    • Postures
      European premiere (20 mins)
      • Andreas Haefliger piano
      • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
      • Lan Shui Conductor, Proms debut artist
    • BerioLuciano Berio 1925–2003
    • Feuerklavier
      (encore)
      • Andreas Haefliger piano
    • INTERVAL
    • RachmaninovSergey Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • Symphony No. 2 in E minor (60 mins)
      • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
      • Lan Shui Conductor, Proms debut artist
    • WaltonWilliam Walton 1902–1983
    • March for 'A History of the English-Speaking People'
      (encore)
      • Lan Shui Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
    • Singapore Symphony Orchestra
    • Lan Shui Conductor, Proms debut artist
    • Andreas Haefliger piano

    The Singapore Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut, bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese composer Zhou Long’s piano concerto Postures – a work fusing Western forms and Eastern memories. The concert opens with the overture to Glinka’s fairy-tale opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, and closes with Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Second Symphony.

  • Wed 3 Sep 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Wed 3 Sep 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 62: Beethoven, Berlioz & Dvořák
    • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
    • Symphony No. 8 in F major Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op 93 (24 mins)
    • BerliozHector Berlioz 1803–1869
    • Romeo and Juliet Roméo et Juliette, Op 17
      – Romeo Alone (12 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • DvořákAntonín Dvořák 1841–1904
    • Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World' Symphony No. 9 in E minor, 'From the New World', Op 95 (43 mins)
    • FauréGabriel Fauré 1845–1924
    • Pelléas et Mélisande, Suite, Op 80
      Prelude (encore)
    • Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR)
    • Sir Roger Norrington Conductor

    Symphonies from Beethoven and Dvořák bookend an emotive programme from Sir Roger Norrington and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. At its core is the wistful 'Romeo Alone’ section of Berlioz’s ‘dramatic symphony’ Romeo and Juliet. Beethoven’s ‘little symphony in F’ brings joy and wit to the mix, while Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony is an elegiac homage to his Bohemian homeland.

  • Thu 4 Sep 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Thu 4 Sep 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 63: Mahler & John Adams
    • John Adams b.1947
    • Short Ride in a Fast Machine (5 mins)
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Marin Alsop Conductor
    • Saxophone Concerto
      UK premiere (30 mins)
      • Timothy McAllister alto saxophone, Proms debut artist
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Marin Alsop Conductor
    • PiazzollaAstor Piazzolla 1921–1992
    • Tango-Étude No. 4
      (encore)
      • Timothy McAllister alto saxophone, Proms debut artist
    • INTERVAL
    • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
    • Symphony No. 1 in D major (55 mins)
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Marin Alsop Conductor
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Marin Alsop Conductor
    • Timothy McAllister alto saxophone, Proms debut artist

    After her triumph at last year’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop returns, joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s colourful and programmatic First Symphony. The muscular drive of John Adams dominates the first half, featuring the UK premiere his Saxophone Concerto as well as his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

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  • Fri 5 Sep 2014

    16:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Literary

    Poets Andrew Motion and Kate Clanchy discuss Philip Larkin and his collection The Whitsun Weddings, which was first published 50 years ago in 1964.

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  • Fri 5 Sep 2014

    18:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 64: Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
    • RachmaninovSergey Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • Symphonic Dances (36 mins)
    • INTERVAL
    • StravinskyIgor Stravinsky 1882–1971
    • The Firebird (L' oiseau de feu) (46 mins)
    • PucciniGiacomo Puccini 1858–1924
    • Manon Lescaut
      Intermezzo (encore)
    • Berliner Philharmoniker
    • Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

    Last at the Proms in 2012, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker return for an all-Russian programme inspired by dance. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances embraces jazz, plainchant and the waltz in a virtuosic orchestral showpiece. After the interval we enter the Russian fairy-tale world of Stravinsky’s magical The Firebird, in this vivid, folk-infused ballet score.

  • Fri 5 Sep 2014

    22:15 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 65: Late Night with … Paloma Faith
    • Paloma Faith b.1981
    • Picking Up the Pieces (arr. G. Barker) (4 mins)
    • Can't Rely on You (arr. G. Barker) (4 mins)
    • Only Love Can Hurt Like This (arr. G. Barker) (6 mins)
    • Upside Down (arr. G. Barker) (3 mins)
    • Paloma Faith singer, Proms debut artist
    • Urban Voices Collective
    • Guy Barker Orchestra
    • Guy Barker Conductor

    Brit Award-nominated Paloma Faith brings her sleek vocals and retro style to a Late Night Prom. The British singer-songwriter is joined by a 42-piece Jazz Orchestra and the Urban Voices Collective. This is cabaret, Royal Albert Hall-style.

  • Sat 6 Sep 2014

    13:30 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Sing

    Join Adey Grummet and all of the BBC Singers to sing excerpts from Bach's St Matthew Passion. Open to ages 16-plus.

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  • Sat 6 Sep 2014

    15:00 Cadogan Hall
    Proms Saturday Matinee 4: A Portrait of Sir Harrison Birtwistle
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
    • Verses for Ensembles (26 mins)
    • Dinah and Nick's Love Song (6 mins)
    • Meridian (27 mins)
      • Hilary Summers alto
      • Exaudi
    • Hilary Summers alto
    • Exaudi
    • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    • Oliver Knussen Conductor
    • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    • Oliver Knussen Conductor

    Sir Harrison Birtwistle turns 80 this summer. The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group celebrates with a performance of three of the composer’s classic early works. Verses for Ensembles, Dinah and Nick’s Love Song and Meridian all explore intriguing and unfamiliar textures, but never neglect the ever-unfolding melody that is the core of all Birtwistle’s music.

  • Sat 6 Sep 2014

    17:15 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sat 6 Sep 2014

    19:00 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 66: Bach – St Matthew Passion
    • BachJ. S. Bach 1685–1750
    • St Matthew Passion St Matthew Passion, BWV 244
      staging by Peter Sellars; sung in German (187 mins)
    • Mark Padmore tenor (Evangelist)
    • Christian Gerhaher baritone (Christus)
    • Camilla Tilling soprano
    • Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
    • Topi Lehtipuu tenor
    • Eric Owens bass-baritone
    • Berlin Radio Choir
    • Berliner Philharmoniker
    • Sir Simon Rattle Conductor
    • Jörg Schneider bass (Judas)
    • Sören von Billerbeck bass (Peter)
    • Axel Scheidig bass (Pilate)
    • Christine Lichtenberg alto (First Witness)
    • Holger Marks tenor (Second Witness)
    • David Stingl bass (First Chief Priest)
    • Thomas Pfützner bass (Second Chief Priest)
    • Isabelle Vosskühler soprano (First Maid)
    • Christina Bischoff soprano (Second Maid)
    • Bianca Reim soprano (Pilate's Wife)

    Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker present Peter Sellars’s staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion for the first time in the UK. It’s a work that confronts suffering and torture as well as salvation and redemption in some of Bach’s most moving music. Mark Padmore’s Evangelist leads a starry cast that also includes celebrated German baritone Christian Gerhaher.

  • Sat 6 Sep 2014

    22:45 Royal Albert Hall
    Proms Plus Late

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  • Sun 7 Sep 2014

    15:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 67: Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky & Behzad Ranjbaran
    • Behzad Ranjbaran b.1955
    • Seemorgh
      – The Sunrise (8 mins)
      • Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Han-Na Chang Conductor
    • RachmaninovSergey Rachmaninov 1873–1943
    • Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, Op 18 (34 mins)
      • Denis Matsuev piano
      • Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
      • Han-Na Chang Conductor
    • Prelude No. 5 in G minor, Op. 23
      (encore)
      • Denis Matsuev piano
    • INTERVAL
    • TchaikovskyPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1840–1893
    • Symphony No. 5 in E minor (45 mins)
      • Denis Matsuev piano
    • Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Han-Na Chang Conductor
    • Denis Matsuev piano

    The centrepiece of this Prom by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and Han-Na Chang is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Vivid with textural contrasts and sudden surging climaxes, it is matched for drama by Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto – a Proms favourite, with a slow movement that burns with restrained passion.

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  • Sun 7 Sep 2014

    17:45 Royal College of Music
    Proms Plus Intro

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  • Sun 7 Sep 2014

    19:30 Royal Albert Hall
    Prom 68: Cleveland Orchestra
    • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Academic Festival Overture (10 mins)
    • Jörg Widmann b.1973
    • Flûte en suite
      UK premiere (21 mins)
      • Joshua Smith flute, Proms debut artist
    • INTERVAL
    • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
    • Symphony No. 1 in C minor (41 mins)
    • Johann II Strauss 1825–1899
    • Ritter Pásmán, Op 441
      Czardas (encore)
    • Joshua Smith flute, Proms debut artist
    • Cleveland Orchestra
    • Franz Welser-Möst Conductor
    • Cleveland Orchestra
    • Franz Welser-Möst Conductor

    After an absence of almost a decade, the Cleveland Orchestra returns to the Proms with music by Brahms and Jörg Widmann. Brahms’s stormy and intricately structured First Symphony contrasts with the levity of his Academic Festival Overture, while Widmann’s concerto – composed for Cleveland’s principal flautist Joshua Smith – is both playful and disorienting.

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