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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
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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.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan i Lyudmila - Overture

    Conductor: Lan Shui. Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Luciano Berio

    Wasserklavier - intermezzo con fantasia

    Performer: Andreas Haefliger.
  • Zhou Long

    Postures for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Andreas Haefliger. Conductor: Lan Shui. Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony no. 2 in E minor Op.27

    Conductor: Lan Shui. Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
  • William Walton

    A History of the English-speaking peoples

    Conductor: Lan Shui. Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

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