Prom 61: Rachmaninov, Glinka and Zhou Long
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Haefliger from the 2014 BBC Proms, opening with Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila overture and closing with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.
Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Haefliger from this year's BBC Proms, opening with Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila overture, and closing with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Christopher Cook
Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila - overture
Zhou Long: Postures (European premiere)
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor
Andreas Haefliger (piano)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui (conductor)
Continuing the World Orchestras strand this year, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra made its Proms debut under Music Director Lan Shui, bringing with it the European premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning Chinese composer Zhou Long's Piano Concerto - a fusion of Western forms and Eastern memories.
The concert opens with the overture to Glinka's fairy-tale opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, which weaves three melodies together with intricate skill. We end with Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, in which the composer overcame his early artistic doubts to produce an expansive work with a brilliant, vivacious scherzo and one of his very loveliest slow movements.
Concert originally broadcast 02/09/2014.