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Bridge, Simon Holt

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Francois-Xavier Roth conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Bridge: Enter Spring; Blow out you Bugles. Simon Holt: Centauromachy (BBC commission; London premiere).

BBC PROMS 2011

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Andrew McGregor

French and English music combine in this Proms Entente-Cordiale. Saint-Saëns' ever-popular Organ Symphony dominates the programme, joined by a new double concerto, half man, half beast, from Simon Holt. Plus Proms featured composer Frank Bridge's orchestral picture of the wild and windy Sussex Downs, overlooking the Channel.

French organ virtuoso Marcel Dupré was a regular visitor to the Royal Albert Hall throughout his life. He became a great friend of Sir Henry Wood and played the Organ Symphony at the Proms in 1935. Cortège et litanie is a dazzling crescendo, using the mighty Royal Albert Hall organ together with full symphony orchestra.

The inspirational Parisian conductor Francois-Xavier Roth made a great impact at the Proms last year at the helm of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he's Associate Guest Conductor. He gave the premiere of Simon Holt's Centauromachy in Cardiff last November. Written for solo clarinet and flugelhorn, it explores the dual nature of the mythical centaur and it's played by the two orchestral Principals for whom it was written.

Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ben Johnson joins the orchestra for Bridge's noble and poignant setting of Rupert Brooke's most famous poem from the Great War.

Bridge: Enter Spring
Bridge: Blow out you bugles
Simon Holt: Centauromachy (BBC Commission, London Premiere)

Ben Johnson (tenor)
Robert Plane (clarinet)
Philippe Schartz (flugelhorn)
Thomas Trotter (organ)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 14th August at 2pm.

50 minutes

Last on

Tue 9 Aug 2011 19:00

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Music Played

  • Frank Bridge

    Enter spring - rhapsody for orchestra

    Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Frank Bridge

    Blow out you bugles

    Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth Performer: Ben Johnson - Tenor Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

  • Simon Holt

    Centauronomy - concerto for clarinet, flugelhorn and orchestra

    Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth Performer: Philippe Schwartz - Flugel horn Performer: Robert Plane - Clarinet Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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