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Proms 2018 Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables

Prom 47
Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev & Venables
19:30 Fri 17 Aug 2018 Royal Albert Hall
Sunny musical optimism from Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Prokofiev’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony, performed by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a new violin concerto by Philip Venables.Sunny musical optimism from Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Prokofiev’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony, performed by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a new violin concerto by Philip Venables.
Sunny musical optimism from Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Prokofiev’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony, performed by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a new violin concerto by Philip Venables.Sunny musical optimism from Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro and Prokofiev’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony, performed by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a new violin concerto by Philip Venables.

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Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables.

The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

Image: Sakari Oramo © Benjamin Ealovega

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