Proms 2022
26 Aug 2021, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2021 George Lewis & Beethoven

Prom 29
George Lewis & Beethoven
19:30 Thu 26 Aug 2021 Royal Albert Hall
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns for its second Prom of the season, pairing Beethoven’s scintillating concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’ with his multilayered Second Symphony – plus a highly charged world premiere from American composer George Lewis.
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra returns for its second Prom of the season, pairing Beethoven’s scintillating concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’ with his multilayered Second Symphony – plus a highly charged world premiere from American composer George Lewis.

Programme

      • Minds in Flux(30 mins)BBC commission: world premiere
        • interval
        • Concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’(13 mins)
        • Symphony No. 2 in D major(32 mins)

    Performers

    About This Event

    The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov pair Beethoven’s dramatic concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’ with the Second Symphony – a work whose vitality and ‘smiling’ mood belie the private struggles and despair of a composer wrestling with hearing loss – with a new commission from celebrated American composer George Lewis. This world premiere blends a conventional orchestra with spatialised electronics, exploiting the unique space of the Royal Albert Hall to create, in Lewis’s words, ‘a medium for meditation on what processes of decolonisation might sound like’.

    Broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 2 September

    Image: Ilan Volkov © Astrid Ackermann