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Prom 63 (part 1): Mahler and John Adams

BBC Proms, 2014 Season, Prom 63 Episode 1 of 2

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Ian Skelly

Marin Alsop returns to the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Music by John Adams - the UK premiere of his Saxophone Concerto - and Mahler, his colourful First Symphony.

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams: Saxophone Concerto (UK Premiere)

8:16pm Interval

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Timothy McAllister (Alto Saxophone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (Conductor)

Marin Alsop makes a welcome return following her triumph at last year's Last Night, to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's First Symphony. Originally designated a 'symphonic poem', the work retains all the programmatic colour this suggests. A young hero travels through life, marvelling at nature and growing to maturity, but encountering the sorrows and conflicts of Fate at every turn.

Mahler's long-limbed lyricism meets its match in the muscular drive of John Adams's Saxophone Concerto, written for virtuoso soloist Timothy McAllister, and his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which pulses with anarchic life.

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Thu 4 Sep 2014 19:30


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