Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit perform a French and Russian themed programme and are joined by young English pianist Benjamin Grosvenor for Saint-Saens's sparkling concerto.
Charles Dutoit is a noted interpreter of French music but begins tonight's Prom with an Englishman's impression of Paris: in his150th anniversary year, Frederick Delius' evocation of the city in which he lived for almost a decade receives its first Proms performance since 1984. For much of the 19th century Paris was also home to Camille Saint-Saens and tonight his virtuosic and popular Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor is performed by twenty-year-old pianist Benjamin Grosvenor following his acclaimed First Night Proms debut in 2011. From Paris to St Petersburg for the second half of the evening with Tchaikovsky's penultimate, rousing Symphony No 5.
Delius: Paris (The Song of a Great City)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor)
This Prom will be repeated on Tuesday 28 August at 2.00pm.