4 Sep 2014, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2014 Prom 63: Mahler & John Adams

Prom 63: Mahler & John Adams
Prom 63: Mahler & John Adams
19:30 Thu 4 Sep 2014 Royal Albert Hall
After her triumph at last year’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop returns, joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s colourful and programmatic First Symphony. The muscular drive of John Adams dominates the first half, featuring the UK premiere his Saxophone Concerto as well as his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
After her triumph at last year’s Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop returns, joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Mahler’s colourful and programmatic First Symphony. The muscular drive of John Adams dominates the first half, featuring the UK premiere his Saxophone Concerto as well as his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

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Marin Alsop makes a welcome return following her triumph at last year’s Last Night, to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s First Symphony. Originally designated a ‘symphonic poem’, the work retains all the programmatic colour this suggests. A young hero travels through life, marvelling at nature and growing to maturity, but encountering the sorrows and conflicts of Fate at every turn.

Mahler’s long-limbed lyricism meets its match in the muscular drive of John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto, written for virtuoso soloist Timothy McAllister, and his iconic orchestral miniature Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which pulses with anarchic life.

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