Wednesday 24 August 2011
7.00pm – c9.00pm
Royal Albert Hall

Classical for starters, French music concerts and events

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony in Three Movements (20 mins)
    • Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
    • Sir Colin Davis conductor
  • Maurice Ravel

    Shéhérazade (17 mins)
    • Sir Colin Davis conductor
    • Susan Graham mezzo-soprano
    • Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
  • INTERVAL
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 4 in F minor (42 mins)
    • Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
    • Sir Colin Davis conductor

About this event

A great youth orchestra and a distinguished and much-loved conductor. The programme begins with Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, partly inspired by newsreel footage of the Second World War.

A long standing favourite of Sir Colin's, it is a work he first conducted at the Proms all of 50 years ago. The biggest piece is Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, in which the composer grapples with a malign Fate and, in his coruscating finale, makes use of a well-known Russian folk song. Before the interval, Ravel's exotic, ambiguous Shéhérazade is sung by Susan Graham, a supreme interpreter of the cycle.

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