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Prom 64: Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic

A Prom featuring the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle. They perform Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky's The Firebird.

The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle dance through a programme of Russian music from this year's BBC Proms - Stravinsky's Firebird ballet and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Sir Simon Rattle and his Berlin Philharmonic don their dancing shoes and whisk us off to Russia - via America in the case of Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. Composed on Long Island for the Philadelphia Orchestra, they blend the balletic traditions of the exile Rachmaninov's Russian homeland with jazz influences from his adopted home, the United States. Then there's authentic Russian ballet and fairy tale in Stravinsky's breakthrough work about the magical Firebird.

Concert originally broadcast 05/09/2014.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    3 Symphonic dances Op.45 for orchestra

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo [between Acts 2 & 3]

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • John Ireland

    The Holy Boy

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).
  • John Ireland

    The Holy Boy

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).
  • John Ireland

    The Holy Boy

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).
  • John Ireland

    The Holy Boy

    Performer: Philip Brunelle (organ).

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