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8 Aug 2018, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2018 Prom 34: Barber, Britten & Copland

Prom 34
Prom 34: Barber, Britten & Copland
19:00 Wed 8 Aug 2018 Royal Albert Hall
This transatlantic programme from Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic pairs Britten’s evocative Sea Interludes and his exquisite orchestral song-cycle Les Illuminations with music by their American colleagues and contemporaries Copland and Barber.
This transatlantic programme from Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic pairs Britten’s evocative Sea Interludes and his exquisite orchestral song-cycle Les Illuminations with music by their American colleagues and contemporaries Copland and Barber.

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In Bernstein’s centenary year, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic celebrate with a transatlantic Prom, uniting music by British and American composers connected not just by generation but in many cases by personal friendship.

Commissioned and premiered by Bernstein, Copland’s Connotations is a portrait of ‘the tensions, aspirations and drama inherent in the world today’.

Its knotty confrontations find contrast in the sensuous beauty of Britten’s orchestral song-cycle Les illuminations, while the sea provides inspiration both for Walton’s bustling, bonhomous Portsmouth Point overture and Britten’s boldly dramatic Four Sea Interludes.

Two extracts from Samuel Barber’s opera Antony and Cleopatra complete the programme.

Image: Sally Matthews © Johan Persson

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