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Prom 01: First Night of the Proms

The First Night of the Proms 2013, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo performing music by Britten, Rachmaninov, Lutoslawski and Vaughan Williams.

Penny Gore introduces another chance to experience the First Night of the BBC Proms, a sea-inspired programme given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo of music by Britten, Rachmaninov and Vaughan Williams
Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall

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

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 began 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, which kicked 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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 15 Jul 2013 14:00

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Music Played

  • Julian Anderson


  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    Performer: Alexander Gavrylyuk. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic.
  • Witold LutosÅ‚awski

    Variations on a theme of Paganini

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A Sea Symphony