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25 Jul 2018, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2018 Prom 15: Paul Lewis plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto

Prom 15
Prom 15: Paul Lewis plays Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto
19:30 Wed 25 Jul 2018 Prom 15
A concert of darkness and light opens with the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s 9/11-inspired What Did We See? and closes with Brahms’s sunny Second Symphony. Paul Lewis joins Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic for Beethoven’s 'Emperor' Concerto.
A concert of darkness and light opens with the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s 9/11-inspired What Did We See? and closes with Brahms’s sunny Second Symphony. Paul Lewis joins Ben Gernon and the BBC Philharmonic for Beethoven’s 'Emperor' Concerto.

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Life is celebrated and loss mourned in music spanning over 200 years. The BBC Philharmonic and its Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon pair Beethoven’s majestic final piano concerto – for which we welcome back Paul Lewis, who played all five Beethoven piano concertos in the 2010 season – with Brahms’s sunny Second Symphony, whose lyrical, pastoral spirit harks back to the earlier composer’s own ‘Pastoral’ Symphony (No. 6).

The concert opens in a more sombre, contemplative mood with the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s What Did We See? – a meditation on death, healing and transcendence that builds on material from the composer’s recent 9/11-inspired opera Between Worlds.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 5 August

Image: Ben Gernon © Simon Annand