Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Aurora Orchestra under Nicholas Collon. Mozart: Symphony No 40. Dobrinka Tabakova: Spinning a Yarn. Benedict Mason: Meld.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Christopher Cook
The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon live at the BBC Proms in music by Dobrinka Tabakova, the world premiere of Benedict Mason's Meld, and Mozart's Symphony no 40
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Dobrinka Tabakova: Spinning a Yarn
Benedict Mason: Meld (BBC commission: world premiere)
Alexandra Wood (violin) (Proms debut artist)
Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
Admired by Schumann for its 'Grecian light and grace', Mozart's evergreen Symphony No. 40 combines rhythmic verve and dance-like elegance, streaked with stormy drama. For a performance in Vienna, the composer added parts for two clarinets - an instrument at the time still largely absent from the orchestra. Bulgarian-born Dobrinka Tabakova goes one further in her recent Spinning a Yarn, in which the rustic hurdy-gurdy takes a solo role alongside the violin.
Benedict Mason experiments with much more besides in his BBC commission, Meld - at once an enigma and a spectacle, that confounds what we think of as an orchestra, of a concert, and even of music itself. Prepare to be surprised ?!