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Prom 7 (part 2): Shostakovich, Bartok and Tavener

Episode 2 of 2

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, a Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek concludes with a performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No 10.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Jirí Belohlávek live at the BBC Proms. Shostakovich's great 10th Symphony, Isabelle Faust in Bartok's 2nd Violin Concerto , and a John Tavener premiere.

Tavener: Gnosis (BBC commission; world premiere)
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2

7.30pm Interval

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

Isabelle Faust (violin)
Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
Michael Cox (alto flute)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jirí Belohlávek (conductor)

Isabelle Faust's association with Bartók extends back to her very first recording. Now, fresh from an acclaimed disc of both the composer's violin concertos, she joins the BBC SO and Conductor Laureate Ji?í B?lohlávek for Bartók's Second Violin Concerto. Written under the threat of Fascism, it's a passionate national statement, lively with folk rhythms.

By the early 1950s and Shostakovich's 10th Symphony, threat had become reality. This violent, despairing work paints a vivid portrait ofthe horrors of Stalin's Russia. The evening opens with the first of two posthumous premieres this season from the late John Tavener ? some of the last works from England's great musical mystic. Gnosis - written for mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly with solo alto flute,strings and percussion.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 24th July at 2pm.

1 hour, 25 minutes

Last on

Wed 23 Jul 2014 19:50

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


  • Wed 23 Jul 2014 19:50

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