11 Aug 2014, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2014 Prom 34: R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen

Prom 34: R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen
Prom 34: R. Strauss, Mozart & Nielsen
19:30 Mon 11 Aug 2014 Royal Albert Hall
In the first of two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs the first of two great Scandinavian symphonies. Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony explores a bleakness that is also at the core of Strauss’s great tone-poem Tod und Verklärung. The ‘complicated nonsense’ of Strauss’s youthful Burleske and Mozart’s sunny Rondo in A major complete the concert, both featuring pianist Franceso Piemontesi.
In the first of two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs the first of two great Scandinavian symphonies. Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony explores a bleakness that is also at the core of Strauss’s great tone-poem Tod und Verklärung. The ‘complicated nonsense’ of Strauss’s youthful Burleske and Mozart’s sunny Rondo in A major complete the concert, both featuring pianist Franceso Piemontesi.

Programme

      • Death and Transfiguration(26 mins)
      • Burleske(22 mins)
        • interval
        • Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386(9 mins)
        • Piano Sonata No 6 in D major, K 284(3 mins)Variation No. 11 (encore)
        • Symphony No 5(36 mins)

    About this event

    In the first of his two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård directs Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony, shaped by the conflicts and oppositions of the First World War and touching on a bleak nostalgia that is also at the core of Strauss’s tone-poem Tod und Verklärung (‘Death and Transfiguration’) – a musical dramatisation of the roaming thoughts of a dying artist.

    Profundity is balanced by virtuosity in the ‘complicated nonsense’ of Strauss’s youthful Burleske and Mozart’s sunny Rondo in A major, both featuring former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi.

     

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