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Prom 49: Russian Fairy Tales

A Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Ravel: Mother Goose. Jukka Tiensuu: Voice verser. Szymanowski: Songs of a Fairytale Princess. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade.

Afternoon on 3 with Penny Gore

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo at the BBC Proms last month. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, atmospheric Szymanowski songs and Ravel's Mother Goose ballet.

Presented by Penny Gore at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Ravel: Mother Goose - ballet
Jukka Tiensuu: Voice verser (UK premiere)

Szymanowski: Songs of a Fairytale Princess (with three additional songs orchestrated by Sakari Oramo - UK premiere)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Anu Komsi (soprano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Princes, princesses, sailors, a sultan, Tom Thumb and the Sleeping Beauty form some of the cast of this concert based around story-telling. The BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by soprano Anu Komsi for Szymanowski's Songs of a Fairytale Princess, and Jukka Tiensuu's Voice Verser, a virtuosic challenge for its singer. In Ravel's Mother Goose and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade it's the orchestra that turns storyteller.

First broadcast 23rd August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Dopo note from Ariodante, Act 3

    Singer: Alice Coote. Conductor: Harry Bicket. Orchestra: The English Concert.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta (4th & 5th mvts)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Janacek: Sinfonietta: Rattle.
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  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Sheherazade - symphonic suite Op.35

    Conductor: Sakari Oramo. Orchestra: BBC S O..
  • Maurice Ravel

    Ma Mere L'Oye Suite

  • Karol Szymanowski

    Songs of The Fairy-Tale Princess

    Orchestrator: Sakari Oramo.
  • Jukka Tiensuu

    Voice Verser (UK premiere)


Role Contributor
Actor BBC Symphony Orchestra