BBC PROMS 2011
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra opens this Prom with a major world premiere by Robin Holloway and continue the Brahms focus of this Proms season. Renowned Strauss conductor Donald Runnicles is joined by international soprano Hillevi Martinpelto for the beautifully reflective Four Last Songs.
Robin Holloway's Fifth Concerto for Orchestra challenges him to write on a smaller scale than previously, and this BBC commission contains some of his most opaque counterpoint and most varied orchestral textures. He describes the piece as like Manhattan, "when Sprawl is impossible, you must build upwards instead". The premiere of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs was given in the Royal Albert Hall in 1950, just after the composer's death. They were his last completed works, and are full of calmness and acceptance. Brahms then journeys away from contemplation to revel in triumph and joy by the end of his masterful Second Symphony.
Robin Holloway: Fifth Concerto for Orchestra (BBC Commission: world premiere)
R.Strauss: Four Last Songs
Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Monday 8th August at 2pm.