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Prom 55: Lutoslawski, Shostakovich & Panufnik

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 August 2013

With Penny Gore - Another chance to hear Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra play Lutoslawski and Panufnik, with Alexander Melnikov in Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major


Panufnik: Tragic Overture
Panufnik: Lullaby
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.

Plus highlights from last year's City of London Festival.

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes


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