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Prom 41: Aurora Orchestra

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)
Chantage
Aurora Orchestra
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 ?!

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Benedict Mason

    Meld (BBC commission: world premiere)

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G minor

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Spinning a Yarn

    Performer: Alexandra Wood. Performer: Stevie Wishart.

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