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Wagner, Berg

BBC Proms, 2012 Season, Prom 57 Episode 1 of 2

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 August 2012

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

A programme of four works which in different ways reach out beyond the sound-world of late Romanticism. Wagner's ultra-chromatic opera Parsifal pushes the boundaries of traditional tonality, while Berg's heartfelt Violin Concerto leaves normal tonality altogether. Richard Strauss's Suite from Der Rosenkavalier injects the Viennese Waltz with luscious harmonies to conjure up a fantasy of the past, and Ravel's ominously prescient La Valse seems to predict the dissolution of European culture after the First World War.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is one of the great youth orchestras of the world and they make a welcome return with the Italian conductor Daniele Gatti who brings this programme fresh from a tour of the summer festivals of Salzburg, Lucerne and Edinburgh. They are joined in the Berg Violin Concerto by the German violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann who plays a Stradivarius once owned by the great Fritz Kreisler.

Wagner: Parsifal - Prelude (Act 3) and Good Friday Music
Berg: Violin Concerto

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
Daniele Gatti (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 7th September at 2pm.

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