Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
A typically thought-provoking programme from the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Association, Oliver Knussen, showcasing pieces rarely heard in the concert hall alongside 20th-century classics.
All the composers are masters of orchestral colour, and each creates a unique and concentrated soundworld. Arthur Honegger's depictions of a steam locomotive and pastoral idyll are followed by Frank Bridge's quietly anguished Shakespearean scene of death by drowning (from Hamlet) and the splintered, wintry fluidity of Italian composer Niccolò Castiglioni.
Soprano Claire Booth (who made her professional debut in the music of Knussen) sings Berg's heady paean to the restorative powers of fermented grape juice. And the concert closes with Debussy's astonishing, inspirational evocation of shifting seas.
Honegger: Pacific 231
Honegger: Pastorale d'été
Bridge: There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook
Berg: Der Wein
Claire Booth (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Knussen (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Monday 1st August at 2pm.