Mozart, Mahler & Knussen
with the BBC Philharmonic
Monday 30 July 2012, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
part of the BBC PO Proms 2012 series
MOZART Don Giovanni - overture
OLIVER KNUSSEN Symphony No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 7
Gillian Keith soprano
Gianandrea Noseda conductor
After almost a decade at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (now returning as the orchestra's Conductor Laureate) opens with Mozart's famous overture, by turns solemn, impetuous and edgy.
Next we celebrate the 60th birthday of Oliver Knussen, one of British music's great originals, who found an individual voice while still in his teens. From dreaming sleep to a dawn awakening, the Second Symphony (1971) takes us through a landscape of iridescent colour with a vocal line that soars to stratospheric heights.
Knussen's nocturnal sequence finds a counterpart in the two ‘Night Music' movements of Mahler's Seventh Symphony, his own all-encompassing journey from darkness to light.
How to get there
- South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) High Street Kensington (District and Circle Lines)
- 52, Victoria to Willesden, stopping on Kensington Gore 9, Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore 10, Archway to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore 70, Acton to South Kensington, stopping on Queen's Gate 360, Elephant & Castle to the Hall, stopping on Prince Consort Road
- London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station.
- The Hall has many stepped entrances at Ground level. Ramped access is located at Doors 1, 3, 8, 9 and 12. Public lifts are located at Doors 1 and 8 and serve all levels from Basement to Gallery. The Arena Foyer bars can be accessed via a platform lift from the Basement level at Door 1. 14 wheelchair spaces with adjacent companion seats are situated in the Stalls at Ground floor level.There are a limited number of chairs that can be elevated which may be used by customers seated at the back of the Stalls platforms who are able to transfer from their wheelchair. If you are interested in this facility, please speak to a Steward on arrival. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Circle at sections P, R, V and X and four spaces within the unreserved standing area of the Gallery. Please note that due to the physical limitations of the circular shape of the auditorium, the spaces in the Circle are more suitable for customers with good upper body mobility.