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Prom 42 (part 1): Lest We Forget

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, BBC SSO under Andrew Manze. Rudi Stephan: Music for Orchestra. Kelly: Elegy for Strings. Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Andrew Manze conducts the BBC SSO in music from WW1 including Vaughan Williams 'Pastoral' Third Symphony

Stephan: Music for Orchestra (1912)

Kelly: Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke

Butterworth: Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'

8.15pm Interval

8.35pm
Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony

Allan Clayton (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Manze (conductor)

The BBC Proms continues to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with a concert of musical imaginations shattered by the Great War.

Rudi Stephan was born in 1887, and by 1912 his Music for Orchestra seemed to promise a great deal in its mysterious and expressionistic textures. In 1915 he was killed by a shot from a Russian soldier.

Frederick Kelly was a talented musician and Olympic rower. His heartfelt Elegy for Strings is a tribute to poet Rupert Brooke with whom he served at Gallipoli. Kelly was killed in the last days of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. George Butterworth, who is best remembered for his settings of E. A. Housman's poems A Shropshire Lad, died from a shot in the head during that same battle. His nostalgic songs are performed this evening by Roderick Williams.

And the Pastoral Fields of Vaughan Williams' Third Symphony are not the rolling hills of England, but those of France, where the composer served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The rhapsodic symphony, with the wordless voice of tenor Allan Clayton, is performed by Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and follows their dazzling performance of Symphonies 4, 5 and 6 at the BBC Proms in 2012.

This Prom will be repeated on Thursday 28th August at 2pm.

2 hours, 10 minutes

Last on

Sun 17 Aug 2014 19:30

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Music Played

  • Stephan

    Music for Orchestra (1912)

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Kelly

    Elegy for strings, in memoriam Rupert Brooke

    Conductor: Andrew Manze. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony.
  • George Butterworth

    Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orch. P Brookes)

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony. Conductor: Andrew Manze.

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Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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