The Last Night Of The Proms 2009
How do you combine high-calibre music making with uproarious fun and with the sense of national pride? And how do you balance traditions which have been established for half a century or more with the desire to bring something new to the programme? These are some the questions every Proms director has to grapple with when it comes to the Last Night of the Proms, a concert that in the minds of many is the focal point for the whole season of more than 100 concerts.
This year the serious side of the proceedings is supplied by singer Sarah Connolly in what’s perhaps the best known work by Purcell, innovations come in the shape of Oliver Knussen’s affectionate nod to Stravinsky’s Fireworks and in the original orchestration of Parry’s Jerusalem which replaces the established version by Elgar. And the fun element? Well, how often do you hear three vacuum cleaners and a floor polisher in an orchestral work …
World Service broadcast programme:
Oliver Knussen - Flourish with Fireworks
Purcell Dido and Aeneas – 'Thy hand, Belinda ... When I am laid in earth' (Dido's Lament); 'With drooping wings ye cupids come'
Arnold - A Grand, Grand Overture
Piazzolla - Libertango
Arne, arr. Sargent- Rule, Britannia!
Parry - Jerusalem
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano
Alison Balsom, trumpet
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson, conductor