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Last Night of the Proms - Part 1

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Soprano Renee Fleming adds glamour to the traditional Last Night of the Proms celebrations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jiri Belohlavek as master of ceremonies.

BBC Proms 2010

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein

Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein host the traditional Last Night festivities as Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform an evening of great music, vivid colour and occasional noises-off. Adding the solo glamour are American soprano Renee Fleming and Ukrainian born viola player Maxim Rysanov each acknowledged for the excellence of their music making as well as their on-stage elegance.

Known for her roles as great operatic heroines, Fleming sings a series of intimate songs by Richard Strauss and what is perhaps her signature piece - Rusalka's romantic entreaty to the moon. Rysanov, a current Radio 3 New Generation Artist, performs his own arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and movements from Vaughan Williams rarely-heard Viola Suite.

Other works include the premiere of Jonathan Dove's joyous setting of a poem by Walt Whitman, Tchaikovsky's sun-drenched homage to Italy and there's an opportunity for the combined forces of the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus to shine in Parry's much loved choral ode. All this and the traditional Last Night fare make this one of the musical highlights of the year.

Jonathan Dove: A Song of Joys (BBC Commission - world premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien
Tchaikovsky arr. Rysanov: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens
R. Strauss: Verfahrung, Op. 33. No. 1
R. Strauss: Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1
R. Strauss: Standchen, Op. 17 No. 2
R. Strauss: Winterweihe, Op. 48. No. 4
R. Strauss: Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Renee Fleming (soprano)
Maxim Rysanov (viola)
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor).

1 hour, 25 minutes

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Sat 11 Sep 2010 19:30

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