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Prom 18: Mahler, Ravel and Harrison Birtwistle

A Prom featuring the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena. Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird. Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand (soloist: Alexandre Tharaud). Mahler: Symphony No 5.

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The BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, recorded Wednesday night at the BBC Proms, perform works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Ravel and Mahler.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Harrison Birtwistle: Night's Black Bird
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Mahler: Symphony No 5

Alexandre Tharaud (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

The intense, contrasting moods of Mahler's Fifth Symphony make this one of the great orchestral showpieces, a journey from darkness to light. Before the interval, the BBC Philharmonic is joined by Alexandre Tharaud making his Proms debut in Ravel's virtuosic Left Hand Piano Concerto. The programme opens with the first of several works at this year's Proms celebrating Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, his atmospheric Night's Black Bird.

First broadcast 30th July 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Night's black bird for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Concerto in D major for piano (left hand) and orchestra

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Prelude for the Left Hand

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic

Broadcast