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Proms 2019 Prom 15: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 1

Prom 15
Prom 15: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra – 1
19:00 Tue 30 Jul 2019 Royal Albert Hall
One of Europe’s greatest orchestras returns to the Proms. In the first of two concerts they pair two contrasting symphonies – Beethoven’s joyous Second and Shostakovich’s Fifth, written under the shadow of his public humiliation under Stalin's regime.
One of Europe’s greatest orchestras returns to the Proms. In the first of two concerts they pair two contrasting symphonies – Beethoven’s joyous Second and Shostakovich’s Fifth, written under the shadow of his public humiliation under Stalin's regime.

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One of Europe’s greatest orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Proms under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

In the first of two concerts (see also Prom 17) they pair two contrasting symphonies in a programme that moves from sunshine to bitterness. ‘This symphony is smiling throughout,’ wrote Berlioz of Beethoven’s Second Symphony – a work in which seemingly sunny moods conceal personal tragedy and loss.

Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was written under the cloud of intense scrutiny and artistic repression following the public criticism of the composer at the hands of Stalin.

Approx. end time: 21:00

Please note change of conductor.

Image: Yannick Nézet Séguin © Hans van der Woerd