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Prom 51: Dvorak, Grieg, Bax and Bill Whelan

A Prom featuring the Ulster Ochestra. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances: in C; in E minor; in G minor. Grieg: Piano Concerto. Bax: Roscatha. Bill Whelan: Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite.

Afternoon on 3 with Verity Sharp

The Ulster Orchestra and Jac Van Steen recorded last month at the BBC Proms in a programme bursting with dance rhythms and colour.

Presented by Katie Derham at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in C major, Op. 46 No. 1
Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2
Dvorák: Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

Bax: Roscatha
Bill Whelan: Riverdance: A Symphonic Suite (UK premiere)

Zhang Zuo (piano)
Ulster Orchestra
Jac Van Steen (conductor)

A trio of Dvorák's colourful, folk-inspired Slavonic Dances opens the concert and Grieg's Piano Concerto, with its lively dance-themed finale and Norwegian folk echoes, continues the mood; the soloist is BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Zhang Zuo, making her Proms debut.

The concert ends in the Ulster Orchestra's Irish musical heartland with Bax's tone-poem Roscatha and Bill Whelan's new Riverdance suite - adapted from his music for the ever-popular stage show.

First broadcast 25th August 2014.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Frederick Converse

    The Festival of Pan

  • Edvard Grieg

    Concerto in A minor Op.16 for piano and orchestra

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen. Performer: Zhang Zuo.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces Op.43 no.6 - To the Spring

    Performer: Zhang Zuo.
  • Franz Schubert

    Arpeggione Sonata

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic dances - series 1 Op.46, orch. composer - no.1

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic dances - series 2 Op.72, orch. composer - no.2

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic dances - series 1 Op.46, orch. composer - no.8

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Arnold Bax

    Roscatha from Eire - 3 tone poems

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
  • Bill Whelan

    Riverdance - suite for orchestra

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.

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