With Penny Gore
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 this 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: 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. This Proms ends not in Paris but in St Petersburg with Tchaikovsky's rousing Symphony No 5.
Presented by Katie Derham
Delius: Paris (The Song of a Great City)
Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor).