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Proms 2018 Prom 41: Edward Gardner conducts Elgar & Vaughan Williams

Prom 41
Prom 41: Edward Gardner conducts Elgar & Vaughan Williams
20:00 Sun 12 Aug 2018 Royal Albert Hall
The conflict of war runs through this concert by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Vaughan Williams’s beautiful cantata Dona nobis pacem and Lili Boulanger’s Pour les funerailles d’un soldat frame Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto.
The conflict of war runs through this concert by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Vaughan Williams’s beautiful cantata Dona nobis pacem and Lili Boulanger’s Pour les funerailles d’un soldat frame Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto.

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War casts its long shadow over this Prom given by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus – part of this season’s musical survey suggested by the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A precursor to Britten’s War Requiem (see Prom 72), Vaughan Williams’s cantata Dona nobis pacem is a heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of the violence of war, its expansive lyricism a natural foil for the compressed drama of Lili Boulanger’s choral miniature Pour les funérailles d’un soldat.

Elgar’s much-loved Cello Concerto, composed in the wake of the conflict, completes this emotive concert, with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as soloist.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 2 September

Image: Sophie Bevan © Sussie-Ahlburg