Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Ian Bostridge, London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding live at the BBC Proms in a concert honouring the memory of Sir Colin Davis through music by Britten, Tippett and Elgar.
Tippett: The Mask of Time - Fanfare no. 5
Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Britten: Les illuminations
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
London Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)
What was to have been the latest Proms appearance by Sir Colin Davis becomes, following his death earlier this year, a concert honouring his memory. Taking over as conductor, Daniel Harding performs music by the modern British composer with whom Sir Colin was perhaps most associated - Michael Tippett - including in his programme Tippett's wonderfully vigorous, energetic and inventive Concerto for strings. This year's Britten centenary is marked in his white-hot 1940 song-cycle to words by the precocious teenage poet, surrealist and libertine Arthur Rimbaud. Concluding the concert, the magisterial Second Symphony by the grandfather of 20th-century English music, Edward Elgar.
An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Monday 26th August at 2pm.