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Braunfels, Beethoven

BBC Proms, 2011 Season, Prom 68 Episode 1 of 2


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visits the Proms with its Music Director Manfred Honeck, bringing favourites by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. First on the programme though is a concert rarity: a flamboyant orchestral work by Walther Braunfels, whose career was knocked off course in Nazi Germany. Although profoundly influenced by Wagner he was also a huge admirer of Berlioz, as is evident in this work. Beethoven's Fourth Piano concerto, played by Hélène Grimaud, shows the intimate as well as the dramatic side of the composer. Tchaikovsky's triumphant symphony concludes the programme.

This is the first of two Proms with the Pittsburgh Orchestra.

Braunfels: Fantastic Appearances of a Theme of Hector Berlioz
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major

Hélène Grimaud (piano)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 8 September at 2.30pm.

1 hour, 10 minutes

Last on

Mon 5 Sep 2011 19:30

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