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Weir, Brahms, Liszt

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From the Royal Albert Hall, the BBC SO conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. Weir: Stars, Night, Music and Light. Brahms: Academic Festival Overture. Liszt: Piano Concerto No 2.

BBC PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

New British music, Brahms and Liszt and lavish choral works are some of the musical threads which trace their way through the 2011 Proms season and they are all represented in this opening celebration. The performers are the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a starry line-up of soloists under the baton of Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra Jiri Belohlavek.

A new work by leading British composer Judith Weir provides the opening flourish - a short choral and orchestral fanfare based on the four words of the title: Stars, Night, Music and Light. Brahms and Liszt not only form a witty partnership in rhyming slang they are both in their own ways at the core of European music in the 19th Century and many of their major works appear throughout the season. Tonight's concert includes Brahms's festive overture and Liszt's virtuosic concerto performed by young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who makes his Proms debut. After the interval Belohlavek leads orchestra, chorus and soloists in Janacek's extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.

Judith Weir: Stars, Night, Music and Light (BBC commission; world premiere)
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Hibla Gerzmava (soprano)
Dagmar Peckova (mezzo-soprano)
Stefan Vinke (tenor)
Jan MartinĂ­k (bass)
David Goode (organ)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 18 July at 2pm.

45 minutes

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Fri 15 Jul 2011 19:30

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Music Played

  • Judith Weir

    Stars, night, music and light for chorus and orchestra

    Conductor: Jiri BELOHLAVEK Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: BBC Symphony Chorus

  • Johannes Brahms

    Academic festival overture Op.80

    Conductor: Jiri BELOHLAVEK Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

  • Franz Liszt

    Concerto no. 2 in A major S.125 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Jiri BELOHLAVEK Performer: Benjamin GROSVENOR(Piano) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra

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