BBC PROMS 2011
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Ilan Volkov are joined by Proms featured artists, Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley, for the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's BBC Commission. The second half of the concert is dedicated to Bruckner's vast architectural masterpiece - his fifth symphony.
The leading Austrian composer Thomas Larcher's first double concerto is predominantly solemn and sacred but very rhythmical. It utilises a concertino group as well as the two soloists and the orchestra to bring an added dimension of colour. The cellist Matthew Barley has helped Larcher incorporate improvisation and free time in the piece, building on aspects of rhythm, but Larcher says there is still a grounding in Mozart, Bach and Beethoven.
Ilan Volkov is a renowned interpreter of Bruckner's Music. The 5th Symphony is one of his longest symphonies and, arguably, his most complex work. A huge challenge to perform, it is also a Symphony which embodies a unique atmosphere of spiritual exaltation in a dramatic struggle to overcome the pain and frustration of life.
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major (ed. Nowak)
Viktoria Mullova (violin)
Matthew Barley (cello)
Christof Dienz (electric zither)
Martin Brandlmayr (percussion)
Luka Juhart (accordian)
Thomas Larcher (prepared piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 21st August at 2pm.