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Prom 56 - Strauss, Mahler

2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 August 2011


From the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Tom Service

Another chance to hear Mahler's epic Sixth Symphony, the Tragic, complete with fateful hammer blows: Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Plus an early piano concerto by Richard Strauss.

In Semyon Bychkov's second Prom this season, he conducts one of Mahler's most perfectly realised works, 'the only Sixth, despite the "Pastoral" ', in the words of Alban Berg. This is music of exceptional range and power, whose hammer-blows seem to portend the crises in Mahler's own life and the wider world. The curtain-raiser is a mini-concerto with echoes of Brahms and Liszt, especially in its treatment of the piano.Kirill Gerstein, an exceptional artist with roots in jazz as well as the classics, makes his first Proms appearance in the main hall.

R. Strauss: Burleske
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Kirill Gerstein (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (conductor).

Music Played

2 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Burleske in D minor AV.85 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov Performer: Kirill Gerstein - Piano Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Symphony no. 6 in A minor

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra


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