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Proms 2019 Prom 19: Strauss, Schumann & MacMillan

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Prom 19: Strauss, Schumann & MacMillan
19:30 Fri 2 Aug 2019 Royal Albert Hall
From the glow of Strauss’s sunrise to the blaze of a torturer’s fire in Sir James MacMillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, the BBC SSO explores the gamut of the human experience. Alexander Melnikov is the soloist in Schumann’s bravura Piano Concerto.
From the glow of Strauss’s sunrise to the blaze of a torturer’s fire in Sir James MacMillan’s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, the BBC SSO explores the gamut of the human experience. Alexander Melnikov is the soloist in Schumann’s bravura Piano Concerto.

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About This Event

‘I always wanted a great bravura piece by him,’ wrote Clara Schumann of her husband. Her hope was answered in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto a work whose broad, symphonic scope explores and tests the relationship between soloist and orchestra.

Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov joins the BBC Scottish SO and its Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard for a programme that also includes the sweeping drama of Strauss’s tone-poem Also sprach Zarathustra, with its memorable opening sunrise (heard on the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the violence and compassion of Sir James MacMillan’s early masterpiece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, inspired by the execution of a 17th-century ‘witch’ and premiered at the Proms in 1990.

Approx. end time: 21:45

The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Image: Alexandra Melnikov © Julien Mignot

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Proms 2019