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Proms 2015 Prom 53: Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin; Shostakovich – Orango

Prom 53
Prom 53: Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin; Shostakovich – Orango
19:30 Mon 24 Aug 2015 Royal Albert Hall
Bartók’s ballet is paired with another work never before performed at the Proms – the Prologue to Shostakovich’s satirical opera about a creature that is half man, half ape. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.
Bartók’s ballet is paired with another work never before performed at the Proms – the Prologue to Shostakovich’s satirical opera about a creature that is half man, half ape. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

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Shostakovich’s Orango – an incomplete opera whose manuscript came to light only in 2004 – is a glossy fusion of wit and political venom. The ‘Orango’ of the title is half man, half ape – a symbol of the decadent West. It’s a work matched for vivid colouring by Bartók’s violent and sexually charged ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin. French pianist David Fray returns following his Proms debut in 2011 to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 – written at the height of the composer’s fame in Vienna as a performer of his own works.

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