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Prom 48: Classical Tectonics

A Prom featuring the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Ilan Volkov. Tomasson: Magma. Schumann: Piano Concerto (with Jonathan Biss). Leifs: Geysir. Beethoven: Symphony No 5.

Afternoon on 3 with Penny Gore

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra make their BBC Proms debut with conductor Ilan Volkov performing music by Tómasson, Schumann, Leifs and Beethoven.

Presented by Tom Service at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Haukur Tómasson: Magma (UK premiere)
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54

Leifs: Geysir
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Jonathan Biss (piano)
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra make their BBC Proms debut led by Music Director, the Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov. Together they bring works from two major Icelandic composers, both inspired by the power and drama of their native country's geology. There's a slow-growing, primal force to Leifs's Geysir that balances the shifting tectonics of Tómasson's Magma. Virtuoso American pianist Jonathan Biss makes his second appearance this season with Schumann's Piano Concerto, and the concert closes with another central piece in the Classical repertoire: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

First broadcast 22nd August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Trad

    Sprengisandur

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jón Leifs

    Consolation

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Carl Nielsen

    String quartet in E flat maj Op 14: 1st movt (Allegro con Brio)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
  • Samuel Barber

    Souvenirs (Ballet Suite), Op. 28

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Naxos.
  • Robert Schumann

    Der Dichter Spricht from Kinderszenen

    Performer: Jonathan Biss.
  • Haukur Tómasson

    Magma

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 5 in C minor

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Jón Leifs

    Geysir

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Concerto in A minor

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Jonathan Biss.

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