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Prom 19 (part 1): Strauss and Elgar

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Singers, soloists and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko. Strauss: Festival Prelude; Deutsche Motette; Four Last Songs.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Two rarely heard masterpieces continue our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Richard Strauss: the mighty Festival Prelude and the Deutsche Motette (practically a concerto for choir). We move to more familiar musical territory with Strauss's Four Last Songs, whose late-Romantic nostalgia is shared by Elgar's Second Symphony

R Strauss: Festival Prelude
R Strauss: Deutsche Motette
R Strauss: Four Last Songs

8.35pm Interval

8.55pm
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano)
Suzanne Shakespeare (soprano)
Tara Erraught (mezzo soprano)
Adrian Dwyer (tenor)
Brindley Sherratt (bass)
BBC Singers
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 1st August at 2pm

Two rarely heard works continue our 150th-anniversary celebration of Richard Strauss. Scored for organ and an orchestra calling for no fewer than 10 trumpets (six offstage), the Festival Prelude packs symphonic weight into its brief duration.
It is matched for impact by the Deutsche Motette - a concerto for choir by any other name: its vocal lines trace the same expansive arcs and arabesques as the composer's exquisite, autumnal Four Last Songs. Maintaining the mood of late-Romantic nostalgia, Elgar's Second Symphony delights in flexible chromaticism, its shifting moods coloured in delicate shades.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 4th August at 2pm.

2 hours, 45 minutes

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Thu 31 Jul 2014 19:30

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Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Festival Prelude

    Conductor: Vasily Petrenko. Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss

    Deutsche Motette

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko. Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss

    Four Last Songs

    Conductor: Vasily Petrenko. Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Inger Dam-Jensen.

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