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Prom 51 - Wagner, Liszt, Volans, Brahms

With Jonathan Swain

Proms Repeat: Wagner, Liszt and Brahms's First Symphony from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, plus the world premiere of Kevin Volans's Piano Concerto for soloist Barry Douglas.

After the familiar strains of Wagner's rousing overture there's a real rarity: Liszt's La notte is an extended version of a piano piece from the Années de pèlerinage to which the composer added a middle section recalling his Hungarian roots. A late work that he wanted played at his own funeral, it is new to the Proms. So too is Kevin Volans's concerto, hot off the press and written for tonight's soloist. Expect the unexpected from a creative figure born in South Africa but now resident in Ireland whose output resists compartmentalisation.
The long shadow of Ludwig van Beethoven inhibited Brahms's early attempts at symphonic writing but he surpassed all expectations with the magnificence of his First Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore

Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - Overture
Liszt: La Notte
Kevin Volans: Piano Concerto No. 3 (BBC Commission; World premiere)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Barry Douglas (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor).

2 hours

Last on

Thu 25 Aug 2011 14:30
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