Sir Mark Elder conducts the Australian Youth Orchestra in music by Brett Dean, songs by Mahler with Ekaterina Gubanova as soloist, and Shostakovich's powerful 10th Symphony.
With Jonathan Swain
Youth Orchestras have played an important part in the Proms for many years and the first of this year's visitors has travelled the furthest. The Australian Youth Orchestra brings with it music by its compatriot Brett Dean (who is also a former viola-player in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) and by Shostakovich. His powerful 10th Symphony includes coded references both to his own love for a young woman and also to the brutality of Josef Stalin, who had died in the year the symphony was composed. The orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder are joined by the young Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova for some of Mahler's songs - settings of poems from the folk-based collection called Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn). Presented by Tom Service.
Brett Dean: Amphitheatre (London premiere)
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn - selection
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor
Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo-soprano)
The Australian Youth Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor).