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Prom 31: Elgar, Beethoven, Berlioz and Helen Grime

A Prom featuring the Halle under Mark Elder. Berlioz: Overture (Le corsaire). Elgar: Sea Pictures (with Alice Coote: mezzo). Helen Grime: Near Midnight. Beethoven: Symphony No 3.

Afternoon on 3 with Jonathan Swain

Alice Coote, the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at the BBC Proms last Saturday in music inspired by the sea: Berlioz, Elgar, Beethoven, and the London premiere of a work by Helen Grime.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall

Berlioz: Overture 'Le corsaire'
Elgar: Sea Pictures

Helen Grime: Near Midnight (London premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

Alice Coote (Mezzo)
Sir Mark Elder (Conductor)

The sea lies the centre of this concert from Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé. The sunshine glitters on the waves of Berlioz's swashbuckling overture Le corsaire, written while the composer was holidaying in Nice.

A celebrated Elgar champion, Elder is joined by British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote for Sea Pictures, Elgar's only orchestral song-cycle, which ebbs and flows evocatively as it explores the fascination and fear inspired by the sea. While Helen Grime's Near Midnight explores a nocturnal theme, Beethoven created a storm of human drama in his 'Eroica' Symphony - a stirring musical meditation on heroism and valour.

First broadcast 9th August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Sea pictures Op.37 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

    Singer: Alice Coote. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.
  • Helen Grime

    Near midnight for orchestra

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 3 in E flat major Op.55 (Eroica)

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le Corsaire - overture Op.21

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.