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Grainger, Strauss

BBC Proms, 2011 Season, Prom 24 Episode 2 of 2


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.

Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry
Grainger:Suite 'In a Nutshell'
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 5th August at 2pm.

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1 hour, 5 minutes

Last on

Tue 2 Aug 2011 20:25

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