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Prom 34: Strauss, Mozart and Nielsen

A Prom featuring the BBC NOW under Thomas Sondergard. Strauss: Tod und Verklarung, Op 24; Burleske. Mozart: Rondo in A, K386 (Francesco Piemontesi: piano). Nielsen: Symphony No 5.

Afternoon on 3 with Penny Gore

BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård recorded last week at the BBC Proms with music by Richard Strauss, including his Burleske with pianist Francesco Piemontesi, and Nielsen's Fifth Symphony.

Presented by Christopher Cook at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung, Op 24
Richard Strauss: Burleske

Mozart: Rondo in A major for piano and orchestra, K386
Nielsen: Symphony No. 5

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Søndergård (conductor)

In the first of his two concerts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård directs Nielsen's Fifth Symphony, shaped by the conflicts and oppositions of the First World War and touching on a bleak nostalgia that is also at the core of Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration - a musical dramatisation of the roaming thoughts of a dying artist. Profundity is balanced by virtuosity in the 'complicated nonsense' of Strauss's youthful Burleske and Mozart's sunny Rondo in A major, both featuring former New Generation Artist Francesco Piemontesi.

First broadcast 11th August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.4 in D, BWV 828: Ouverture

    Performer: Igor Levit.
  • Richard Strauss

    Tod und Verklarung

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Richard Strauss


    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
  • Percy Grainger

    Ramble on the Last Love Duet from Der Rosenkavalier

  • Percy Grainger

    Lullaby from Tribute to Foster

  • Percy Grainger

    Lullaby from 'Tribute to Foster'

  • Richard Strauss

    Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo

    Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata, K284

    Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in A major, K386

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Fifth Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.