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Proms 2019 Prom 22: Rachmaninov, Shostakovich & Outi Tarkiainen

Prom 22
Prom 22: Rachmaninov, Shostakovich & Outi Tarkiainen
19:30 Sun 4 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall
A ghostly ferryman transports departed souls in Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, while Shostakovich’s bitterly passionate Symphony No. 11 emerges from the violence of Russia’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre. Music by Outi Tarkiainen offers hope and new life.
A ghostly ferryman transports departed souls in Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead, while Shostakovich’s bitterly passionate Symphony No. 11 emerges from the violence of Russia’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre. Music by Outi Tarkiainen offers hope and new life.

Programme

      • The Isle of the Dead(21 mins)Henry Wood Novelties: UK premiere, 1915
      • Midnight Sun Variations(10 mins)BBC co-commission with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa: world premiere
        • interval
        • Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905'(58 mins)

    Performers

    About This Event

    Death and darkness encounter light and new life in this Prom given by the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Guest Conductor John Storgårds.

    Two Russian classics brood on death and loss; Rachmaninov’s atmospheric The Isle of the Dead conjures an ominous scene – a ghostly ferryman transporting the souls of the dead to rest – while Shostakovich’s bitterly passionate
    Symphony No. 11 takes inspiration from the ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre of 1905.

    But there’s light and hope in Outi Tarkiainen’s Midnight Sun Variations a celebration of rebirth in the perpetual day of an Arctic summer.

    Approx. end time: 21:35

    Broadcast on BBC Four tonight

    Image: John Storgårds