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Proms 2019 Prom 44: Belshazzar’s Feast

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Prom 44: Belshazzar’s Feast
19:30 Tue 20 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall
Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Before that, the urban landscape of Varèse’s Amériques – a portrait of the modern city in sound – meets Koechlin’s sonic jungle.
Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Before that, the urban landscape of Varèse’s Amériques – a portrait of the modern city in sound – meets Koechlin’s sonic jungle.

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Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of sonic spectacle, bringing one of the great English oratorios together with an American orchestral classic.

Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist.

More than 10 percussionists are needed to bring Varese’s Amériques – a celebration of the modern city in sound – to life, while Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book inspired Les bandar-log transports listeners to the primeval forest, where all the noise comes from the monkeys.

Approx. end time: 21:25

Broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 23 August

Image: Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig