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From the Royal Albert Hall, London. The First Night of the 2011 Proms concludes with a performance of Janacek's Glagolitic Mass, an extraordinary celebration of Slavic culture.


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.

Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
Hibla Gerzmava (soprano)
Dagmar Peckova (mezzo-soprano)
Stefan Vinke (tenor)
Jan Martiník (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.

1 hour, 25 minutes

Last on

Fri 15 Jul 2011 20:35

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  • Leos Janáček

    Glagolitic mass

    Conductor: Jiri BELOHLAVEK Performer: Hibla GERZMAVA(Soprano) Performer: Dagmar PECKOVA(Mezzo-soprano) Performer: Stefan VINKE(Tenor) Performer: Jan MARTINIK(Bass) Performer: David GOODE(Organ) Performer: BBC Symphony Orchestra Performer: BBC Symphony Chorus


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