Prom 55 (part 1): Lutoslawski, Shostakovich & Panufnik
Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra play Lutoslawski and Panufnik, with Alexander Melnikov in Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major
Panufnik: Tragic Overture
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit (conductor)
Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra make their Proms debuts as the festival continues its focus on Polish music during Lutoslawski's centenary year.
Written for the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1954, Lutoslawski's virtuosic folk-inflected Concerto for Orchestra creates a unique sound-world.
Lauded for his recording of Shostakovich's Preludes and Fugues, pianist Alexander Melnikov is the soloist in the composer's buoyant Piano Concerto No. 2.
Andrzej Panufnik's Tragic Overture and Lullaby and Shostakovich's Sixth Symphony paint a vivid picture of two nations in parallel periods of anxiety.
An edited version of this Prom will be broadcast on Friday 30th August at 2pm.