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.
Afternoon on 3 with Penny Gore
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)
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.