BBC PROMS 2011
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Louise Fryer
Tasmin Little performs Elgar's great Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. And to mark the 50th anniversary of Grainger's death, his In a Nutshell Suite receives a first outing at the Proms.
The Violin Concerto is preceded by the BBC Singers performing one of Elgar's most radical part-songs, notated in two keys simultaneously in a manner which parallels the incorrigible experiments of the Australian composer Percy Grainger. Grainger's orchestral suite reaches its grand finale - called the Gum Suckers' March - by way of some unpredictable and darkly complex invention. And to round off the Prom there's music by Richard Strauss: once considered dangerously radical itself, his perky symphonic poem documents the adventures of a purely mythical rascal.
Elgar: There is sweet music
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Friday 5th August at 2pm.