• Mon 21 Jul 2014

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 1: Les Arts Florissants
      • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
      • Pièces de clavecin en concerts (53 mins)
      • Les Arts Florrisants
      • Paolo Zanzu harpsichord/director

      French Baroque giant Les Arts Florissants launches this season’s Proms Chamber Music concerts at Cadogan Hall with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau, who died 250 years ago. His Pièces de clavecin en concerts sees the composer at his most dramatically vivid and virtuosic, showcasing this ensemble in the first of its two concerts this season.

  • Thu 24 Jul

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 9: Brahms & Janáček
      • BrahmsJohannes Brahms 1833–1897
      • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor (49 mins)
        • Barry Douglas piano
      • INTERVAL
      • Janáček 1854–1928
      • Glagolitic Mass (original version, reconstructed P. Wingfield) (43 mins)
        • Mlada Khudoley soprano
        • Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano
        • Mikhail Vekua tenor
        • Yuri Vorobiev bass
      • Barry Douglas piano
      • Mlada Khudoley soprano
      • Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano
      • Mikhail Vekua tenor
      • Yuri Vorobiev bass
      • London Symphony Chorus
      • London Symphony Orchestra
      • Valery Gergiev Conductor
      • London Symphony Chorus
      • London Symphony Orchestra
      • Valery Gergiev Conductor

      One of choral music’s greatest works, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is a passionate, secular oratorio celebrating nationhood and peace. By contrast, conflict is to the fore in Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a work that distils the drama of the composer’s relationship with Schumann and his wife Clara. Valery Gergiev conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Barry Douglas.

  • Mon 28 Jul

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 15: Mozart, Ravel & Jonathan Dove
      • Jonathan Dove b.1959
      • Gaia Theory
        BBC commission: world premiere (20 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Concerto for Piano No. 23 in A major, K 488 (27 mins)
        • Ingrid Fliter piano
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Chopin 1810–1849
      • Waltz in A minor (Posthumous) B. 150, kk IVb, No. 11
        (encore) (3 mins)
        • Ingrid Fliter piano
      • INTERVAL
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Daphnis and Chloe (60 mins)
        • BBC Symphony Chorus
        • BBC Symphony Orchestra
        • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • BBC Symphony Chorus
      • BBC Symphony Orchestra
      • Josep Pons Conductor, Proms debut artist
      • Ingrid Fliter piano

      Turbulent mythical love meets poised Classical elegance in a concert from the BBC Symphony Orchestra that sets Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 alongside Ravel’s sensuous ballet score Daphnis and Chloe. Launching us far beyond either Mozart’s Vienna or Ravel’s Paris, Jonathan Dove’s new orchestral work Gaia Theory explores the idea of life on our planet evolving alongside the environment.

  • Wed 30 Jul

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 18: Mahler, Ravel & Sir Harrison Birtwistle
      • Sir Harrison Birtwistle b.1934
      • Night's Black Bird (13 mins)
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • RavelMaurice Ravel 1875–1937
      • Concerto for Piano in D major for the Left Hand (18 mins)
        • Alexandre Tharaud piano
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • ScriabinAlexander Nikolayevich Scriabin 1871–1915
      • Prelude for the Left Hand
        (encore) (5 mins)
        • Alexandre Tharaud piano
      • INTERVAL
      • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
      • Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor (73 mins)
        • BBC Philharmonic
        • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • BBC Philharmonic
      • Juanjo Mena Conductor
      • Alexandre Tharaud piano

      Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 – an orchestral showpiece of shifting moods and intense emotions – is the culmination to this concert by the BBC Philharmonic. The orchestra is joined by Pianist Alexandre Tharaud for Ravel’s virtuosic Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and the programme opens with Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s atmospheric Night’s Black Bird.

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  • Mon 11 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 4: Prokofiev & Schubert
      • ProkofievSergey Prokofiev 1891–1953
      • Five Melodies (13 mins)
        • Itamar Golan piano
      • Sonata in C major for two violins (15 mins)
        • Sakari Oramo violin
      • SchubertFranz Schubert 1797–1828
      • Fantasie in C major, D934 (25 mins)
        • Itamar Golan piano
      • Itamar Golan piano
      • Sakari Oramo violin
      • Janine Jansen violin
      • Janine Jansen violin

      Before her solo appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Dutch violinist Janine Jansen joins with pianist Itamar Golan and with conductor Sakari Oramo (making his Proms debut as a violinist). Two lyrical works by Prokofiev are paired with Schubert’s sublime Fantasie from almost a century earlier.

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 34: R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Tod und Verklärung, Op 24 (26 mins)
        • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
        • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
      • Burleske (22 mins)
        • Francesco Piemontesi piano
        • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
        • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
      • INTERVAL
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386 (9 mins)
        • Francesco Piemontesi piano
        • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
        • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
      • Piano Sonata No. 6 in D major, K284
        Variation No. 11 (encore) (3 mins)
        • Francesco Piemontesi piano
      • NielsenCarl Nielsen 1865–1931
      • Symphony No. 5 Symphony No. 5, FS97, Op 50 (36 mins)
        • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
        • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
      • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
      • Thomas Søndergård Conductor
      • Francesco Piemontesi piano

      In the first of two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs the first of two great Scandinavian symphonies. Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony explores a bleakness that is also at the core of Strauss’s great tone-poem Tod und Verklärung. The ‘complicated nonsense’ of Strauss’s youthful Burleske and Mozart’s sunny Rondo in A major complete the concert, both featuring pianist Franceso Piemontesi.

  • Fri 15 Aug

    • 19:30 Royal Albert Hall
      Prom 39: R. Strauss, Rameau, Mozart and Bernard Rands
      • RameauJean-Philippe Rameau 1683–1764
      • Les Indes galantes
        – suite (16 mins)
      • Bernard Rands b.1934
      • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
        UK premiere (25 mins)
        • Jonathan Biss piano
      • INTERVAL
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, K16 (13 mins)
        • Jonathan Biss piano
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Ein Heldenleben, Op 40 (45 mins)
        • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
        • Markus Stenz Conductor
      • Jonathan Biss piano
      • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
      • Markus Stenz Conductor

      Rameau’s opera Les Indes galantes and Strauss’s tone-poem Ein Heldenleben were notorious flops at their premieres, yet both are now recognised as peaks of their genre. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra take us from 18th-century France to fin-de-siècle Germany (with a quick stop-off in Chelsea, where the 8-year-old Mozart composed his First Symphony) in a concert that also includes the UK premiere of Bernard Rands’s Piano Concerto.

  • Mon 25 Aug

    • 13:00 Cadogan Hall
      Proms Chamber Music 6: Schubert, Mahler & R. Strauss
      • MozartWolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756–1791
      • Piano Sonata in D major, K311 (15 mins)
        • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • MahlerGustav Mahler 1860–1911
      • Piano Quartet in A minor (11 mins)
        • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
        • Royal String Quartet
      • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
      • Metamorphosen (version for septet) (arr. R. Leopold) (26 mins)
        • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
        • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
        • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist
        • Royal String Quartet
      • Louis Schwizgebel piano, Proms debut artist, New Generation Artist
      • Royal String Quartet
      • Katarzyna Budnik-Gałązka viola, Proms debut artist
      • Marcin Zdunik cello, Proms debut artist
      • Tomasz Januchta double bass, Proms debut artist

      Pianist Louis Schwizgebel and the dynamic Royal String Quartet are the key players in a concert that culminates in Richard Strauss's richly nostalgic Metamorphosen, heard in an intimate arrangement for string septet. Alongside it are Mahler's contemplative Piano Quartet movement and Mozart's elegantly poised Piano Sonata in D major, K311.

  • Mon 1 Sep

    • 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.

  • Sun 7 Sep

    • 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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