Monday 20 August 2012
7.30pm – c9.45pm
Royal Albert Hall

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Egmont, Op 84 (9 mins) Overture
    • Osmo Vänskä conductor
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K 622 (28 mins)
    • Michael Collins basset clarinet
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Osmo Vänskä conductor
  • Gerald Finzi

    Five Bagatelles, Op. 23a – Romance (No. 2) (3 mins) Encore
    • Osmo Vänskä conductor
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Michael Collins basset clarinet
  • Frederick Delius

    Eventyr (Once Upon a Time) (16 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Osmo Vänskä conductor
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 5, FS97, Op 50 (34 mins)
    • BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • Osmo Vänskä conductor

About this event

Osmo Vänskä conducts exhilarating musical invention from Beethoven and Nielsen, both celebrating the human ability to find hope in the face of oppression and suffering.

Between them Mozart’s lyrical classic is played by a clarinettist of the first order and there’s a neglected tone-poem, Eventyr, evoking the colour and spirit of Norwegian folk tales, from one of this year’s anniversary composers. Delius’s amanuensis, Eric Fenby, saw the piece as the very apex of the composer’s skill yet, surprisingly, it has only appeared once previously at the Proms.

Discover the Music

Download a short audio guide published on the day about a key work in tonight’s Prom: Stephen Johnson talks about Nielsen's Symphony No. 5.

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