Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore
Andrew Manze conducts the BBC SSO in music from WW1 including Vaughan Williams 'Pastoral' Third Symphony
Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912)
Kelly: Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke
Butterworth: Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'
Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)
The BBC Proms continues to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with a concert of musical imaginations shattered by the Great War.
Rudi Stephan was born in 1887, and by 1912 his Music for Orchestra seemed to promise a great deal in its mysterious and expressionistic textures. In 1915 he was killed by a shot from a Russian soldier.
Frederick Kelly was a talented musician and Olympic rower. His heartfelt Elegy for Strings is a tribute to poet Rupert Brooke with whom he served at Gallipoli. Kelly was killed in the last days of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. George Butterworth, who is best remembered for his settings of E. A. Housman's poems A Shropshire Lad, died from a shot in the head during that same battle. His nostalgic songs are performed this evening by Roderick Williams.
And the Pastoral Fields of Vaughan Williams' Third Symphony are not the rolling hills of England, but those of France, where the composer served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The rhapsodic symphony, with the wordless voice of tenor Allan Clayton, is performed by Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and follows their dazzling performance of Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 at the BBC Proms in 2012.
This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th August at 2pm.