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Prom 8 (part 1): Britten, Lutoslawski and Thomas Ades

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, Thomas Ades conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem. Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto (soloist: Paul Watkins).

The BBC Symphony Orchestra live at the BBC Proms perform music by Britten and Lutosławski, alongside the premiere of a new work by tonight's conductor, Thomas Adès

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Katie Derham

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
Lutosławski: Cello Concerto

8.20pm Interval

Adès: Totentanz (world premiere)

Paul Watkins (cello)
Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano)
Simon Keenlyside (baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès (condcutor)

Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem opens a programme of testimony and remembrance. Former BBC SO Principal Cellist Paul Watkins is the soloist in Lutosławski's bleak and beautiful Cello Concerto, composed for and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich in a period of violent protest and political repression in Poland.

Thomas Adès conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soloists Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a commission in memory of Lutosławski, which sets an anonymous 15th-century text that accompanied a frieze destroyed when Lübeck's Marienkirche was bombed in the Second World War.

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 21st July at 2pm.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Last on

Wed 17 Jul 2013 19:30

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonia da Requiem

  • Witold Lutosławski

    Cello Concerto


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