Tuesday 17 July 2012
7.30pm – c9.50pm
Royal Albert Hall

Proms on TV

  • Richard Strauss

    Also sprach Zarathustra (32 mins)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena conductor
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs (22 mins)
    • Anne Schwanewilms soprano
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena conductor
  • INTERVAL
  • Kaija Saariaho

    Laterna magica (22 mins) UK premiere
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena conductor
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op 105 (23 mins)
    • BBC Philharmonic
    • Juanjo Mena conductor

About this event

Making his Proms debut as the BBC Philharmonic's Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena explores Strauss the impatient visionary, whose Also sprach Zarathustra was famously used on the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Strauss's Four Last Songs exude a sense of calm resignation suffused with autumn light.

After the interval, a major UK premiere from Kaija Saariaho, whose own music is lit by atmosphere and mood. Inspired by the autobiography of Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish film director, Laterna magica includes sections in which players whisper extracts over an instrumental murmur. To conclude, the hard-won luminescence of Sibelius's (unintended) symphonic farewell.

 

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