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Semyon Bychkov brings his West German Radio Orchestra to the Proms with a programme of music by Wagner, Mendelssohn, Gunther Schuller and Strauss - his colourful Alpine Symphony.

With Louise Fryer

The Russian-born conductor Semyon Bychkov has been in charge of the West German Radio Orchestra, based in Cologne, for more than ten years now and their performances and recordings have been widely acclaimed. They are joined in this Prom by the violinist Viviane Hagner for Mendelssohn's evergreen Violin Concerto. The programme concludes with one of Richard Strauss's most spectacularly colourful scores - his Alpine Symphony. Augmented by organ and an offstage band including twelve horns, Strauss's portrait of the mountain-climber's exhilarating day's adventure provides conductor and orchestra with a fearsome challenge of their own. Presented by Martin Handley.

Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude (Act 1)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Gunther Schuller: Where the Word Ends (UK premiere)
R Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Viviane Hagner (violin)
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne
Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Followed by music from last year's Cheltenham Festival, including:
Haydn: Piano Trio in C, H.15.27
Eisenstadt Haydn Trio.

3 hours