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Prom 27 - Robin Holloway, Strauss, Brahms

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 08 August 2011

With Jonathan Swain

Proms Repeat: the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs the world premiere of Robin Holloway's fifth concerto. 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's 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.

Presented by Martin Handley

Music Played

5 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Robin Holloway

    Robin Holloway Fifth Concerto for Orchestra (BBC Commission: world premiere)

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Donald Runnicles

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Strauss

    Johann Sebastian Strauss Johann Strauss II - Four Last Songs

    Performer: Hillevi Martinpelto (soprano) Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Donald Runnicles

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Symphony No.2 in D major

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Donald Runnicles

  • Image for Lutoslawski

    Lutoslawski Silesian Triptych

    Performer: Lucy Crowe (soprano) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Edward Gardner (conductor)

  • Image for Franz Peter Schubert

    Franz Peter Schubert String Quartet in G minor

    Performer: Elias String Quartet

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