Peter Oundijan conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Nikolai Lugansky in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the world premiere of Naresh Sohal’s brand-new The Cosmic Dance, a celebration of ancient mythology and mathematical theory.
Music for strings by Tippett, Holst and Britten, plus two dramatic works for the female voice: Britten’s Phaedra and Lennox Berkeley’s Four Poems of St Teresa of Avila. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly joins conductor Sian Edwards and the Britten Sinfonia.
Vadim Repin plays James MacMillan’s Violin Concerto with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Threaded with reels and old laments, MacMillan’s work complements the concentrated dramas of Beethoven’s ‘Coriolan’ Overture and Fifth Symphony.
Acclaimed Wagnerian Donald Runnicles continues the Proms Wagner bicentenary celebrations with Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Robert Dean Smith sings the role of the titular troubadour who tires of sensual pleasure and longs for spiritual redemption
Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth and her all-female brass ensemble, tenThing, play a vibrant programme of tangos, seguidillas and serenades by Bizet, Copland, Grieg and Piazzolla – and a new work by British composer Diana Burrell.
Gianandrea Noseda conducts the BBC Philharmonic in Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto (with soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet), Borodin’s Prince Igor overture, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Little Russian’ Symphony and the world premiere of Edward Cowie’s Earth Music 1 – The Great Barrier Reef.
John Storgårds directs the BBC Philharmonic in Korngold’s Symphony, drawn in part from the film music for The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, Rubbra’s Ode to the Queen and Walton’s Orb and Sceptre. Vilde Frang plays Bruch’s much-loved Violin Concerto.
Two works by Gustav Holst, and two from the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski. Edward Gardner directs the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Holst’s Egdon Heath and The Planets and Lutosławski’s Symphonic Variations. Louis Lortie is the soloist in Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto.
Mitsuko Uchida plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons. The opium-fuelled idylls and nightmares of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique complete one of the festival’s hottest programmes.
Hail, ice, thunder, rain … and the bark of a dog on a sunny afternoon. Iconoclastic violinist Nigel Kennedy plays Vivaldi’s endlessly fascinating set of concertos, The Four Seasons, in a Late Night Prom with players from Palestine and Poland.