The Ulster Orchestra under Paul Watkins performs music associated with Henry Wood. Bliss: Birthday Fanfare for Sir Henry Wood. Bax: London Pageant. Plus Dorothy Howell, Rachmaninov.
BBC PROMS 2010
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
To complete Henry Wood day, the Ulster Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor Paul Watkins perform music either premiered by or closely associated with Sir Henry Wood, founder conductor of the Proms.
There is inevitably a strong English flavour to the programme with works by Arthur Bliss, Arnold Bax and Hubert Parry. An English composer forgotten now, but who gained recognition in her day, is Dorothy Howell, whose symphonic poem 'Lamia' was given its first performance at a Henry Wood Prom in 1919.
The other works from Russia and Finland were all given their UK premiere performances by Henry Wood - including Rachmaninov's expansive First Piano Concerto, played tonight by soloist Steven Osborne.
Bliss: Birthday Fanfare for Sir Henry Wood
Bax: London Pageant
Dorothy Howell: Lamia
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor (revised version)
Steven Osborne (piano)
Paul Watkins (conductor).
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