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Prom 1 (part 1): Julian Anderson, Britten, Rachmaninov, Lutoslawski, Vaughan Williams

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, the First Night of the Proms. Julian Anderson: Harmony. Britten: Four Sea Interludes (Peter Grimes). Plus Rachmaninov and Lutoslawski.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo live at the First Night of the BBC Proms, including music by Britten, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Julian Anderson: Harmony (BBC commission: world premiere)
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini

8.30pm Interval

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Sally Matthews (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Stephen Hough (piano)
BBC Proms Youth Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

The 2013 Proms begins with a surge of natural energy in sea-inspired works by Britten and Vaughan Williams, the latter combining the 300-strong forces of the Proms Youth Choir and the BBC Symphony Chorus. Julian Anderson's new commission sets some lines concerning nature and time by the 19th-century mystical writer Richard Jefferies. Stephen Hough performs one of the best-loved works in the repertory, kicking off a season in which the piano concerto will loom large. And 100 years after his birth, Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski is celebrated alongside the music of his compatriots, beginning tonight with one of his most popular pieces.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 15th July at 2pm.

3 hours, 15 minutes

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