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Prom 50: White, Barry, Rzewski & Feldman

With the BBC SSO under Ilan Volkov. John White: Chord-Breaking Machine. Gerald Barry: No other people. Frederic Rzewski: Piano Concerto (soloist: Rzewski). Feldman: Coptic Light.

BBC SSO and Ilan Volkov live at the BBC Proms with Gerald Barry, Feldman's Coptic Light and the World Premiere of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Concerto with the composer as soloist.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Andrew McGregor

John White: Chord-Breaking Machine
Gerald Barry: No other people. (UK premiere)
Frederic Rzewski: Piano Concerto (BBC commission: world premiere)
Feldman: Coptic Light

Frederic Rzewski (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Ilan Volkov brings his spirit of adventure to this late night Prom, featuring music as beautiful as it is ground breaking.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performs music by a quartet of visionary and idiosyncratic composers, including two premieres. John White's Chord-breaking Machine could be seen as belonging to a tradition of experimental English minimalists, deconstructing musical material into its constituent parts and reforming as repetitive machine structures; Irish maverick Gerald Barry's No Other People, tonight receiving its first UK performance, also draws on repetition and seemingly simple musical figures, but here to create strongly contrasting canvases of bold, wild and stark music.

Frederic Rzewski's BBC Radio 3-commissioned Piano Concerto, tonally kaleidoscopic and stylistically far reaching, receives its world premiere, with the composer as soloist. And the concert concludes with Morton Feldman's late masterpiece, Coptic Light, a meditation for orchestra: a beatific and spiritual end to this late-night Prom.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • John White

    Chord-breaking machine for orchestra

  • Gerald Barry

    No other people for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Frederic Rzewski

    Concerto for piano and orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Morton Feldman

    Coptic light for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.

Broadcast

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