Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia in Prokofiev's dramatically colourful Romeo and Juliet & Bartók's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra. Viola player Lawrence Power joins them in a challenging new work by Olga Neuwirth.
Susanna Mälkki returns to the Proms with two genre-defining 20th-century favourites. Revisiting the doomed love of Verona's most romantic couple, Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet brought new life to the evening-length ballet, just as Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra demonstrated the potential of a seemingly contradictory title.
Between these classics, Lawrence Power joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to tackle the fiendishly difficult solo part in Olga Neuwirth's recent work for viola and orchestra, comprising five breathtaking, seething, allusion-rich movements.
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Suite No. 1
Olga Neuwirth: Remnants of Songs... an Amphigory
Lawrence Power (viola)
Susanna Mälkki (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 26 August at 2.00pm.