Prom 8 (part 1): Britten, Lutoslawski and Thomas Ades
The BBC Symphony Orchestra live at the BBC Proms perform music by Britten and Lutosławski, alongside the premiere of a new work by tonight's conductor, Thomas Adès
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Lutosławski: Cello Concerto
Adès: Totentanz (world premiere)
Paul Watkins (cello)
Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)
Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès (condcutor)
Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem opens a programme of testimony and remembrance. Former BBC SO Principal Cellist Paul Watkins is the soloist in Lutosławski's bleak and beautiful Cello Concerto, composed for and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich in a period of violent protest and political repression in Poland.
Thomas Adès conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soloists Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a commission in memory of Lutosławski, which sets an anonymous 15th-century text that accompanied a frieze destroyed when Lübeck's Marienkirche was bombed in the Second World War.
This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 21st July at 2pm.