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Berlioz, Chopin, Roussel, Ravel - Part 2

Episode 2 of 2

From the Royal Albert Hall, London, Katie Derham presents the conclusion of Lionel Bringuier's Prom with the BBC SO. Roussel: Symphony No 3. Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2.


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Katie Derham

The Proms debut of young French conductor Lionel Bringuier as he leads the BBC Symphony Orchestra in works by three of his compatriots as well as Chopin's youthfully romantic Second Piano Concerto. Chopin wrote his concerto at the age of 19 while crazily in love with an opera singer, but it's the work itself which is the object of adoration for tonight's soloist Nelson Freire who describes himself as having something of a 'crush' on the piece after first hearing it as a teenager. It provides a suitable celebration to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The three other works on the programme chart French music over a century of changing musical tastes, beginning in 1844 with Berlioz's vivid evocation of a swashbuckling pirate adventure in his overture 'Le corsaire'. By 1912 the tides of modernism influenced Ravel's lavishly scored, pastoral ballet Daphnis and Chloƫ, with its famous opening soundscape of dawn breaking over the forest canopy, and by the 1930s Roussel's Third Symphony reflected the trends of neo-classicism.

Roussel: Symphony No. 3
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloƫ - Suite No. 2

Nelson Freire (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Lionel Bringuier (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 25th August at 2.30pm.

55 minutes

Last on

Thu 12 Aug 2010 20:50


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