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Prom 35 (part 1): Sibelius, Walton and Peter Maxwell Davies

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BBC NOW under Thomas Sondergard. Maxwell Davies: Caroline Mathilde (excerpt) (with Mary Bevan: soprano, Kitty Whately: mezzo). Walton: Violin Concerto (soloist: James Ehnes).

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Christopher Cook

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Søndergård live at the BBC Proms with music by Sibelius, Peter Maxwell Davies and James Ehnes plays the Walton Violin Concerto.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies: Caroline Mathilde - suite from Act 2

Walton: Violin Concerto

8.00pm Interval

Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

Mary Bevan (soprano)
Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano) (Proms debut artist & New Generation Artist)
James Ehnes (violin)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

Commissioned by Jascha Heifetz, Walton's concerto extended the possibilities of what could be achieved on the violin, while at the same time maintaining a striking intimacy and emotional directness. Thomas Søndergård and BBC NOW open with a suite from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's ballet Caroline Mathilde, in which the English princess is sent to an unhappy marriage in Denmark. Caroline Mathilde was written for The Danish Royal Ballet and premiered in 1991 in Copenhagen, with tonight's conductor playing percussion at the back of the orchestra in the pit. Sibelius had a painting of a flight of swans hung on the wall of his study, and these birds inspired the two great orchestral canvases in this concert - in the majestic 'swan theme' appears at the culmination of his Fifth symphony, and in a more serene and mystical way in the Swan of Tuonela.

Prom 35 repeat Thursday 21st August 1400-1630.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 12 Aug 2014 19:00

Music Played

  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Caroline Mathilde - suite from Act 2

    Performer: Mary Bevan. Performer: Kitty Whately.
  • William Walton

    Violin concerto

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales


  • Tue 12 Aug 2014 19:00

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