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Prom 72: English Music

A Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; Symphony No 4. Birtwistle: Exody. Walton: Viola Concerto.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton at last summer's BBC Proms in 20th-century English music. Vaughan Williams, Birtwistle and Walton's Viola Concerto with Lise Berthaud.

Presented by Christopher Cook at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Exody

Walton: Viola Concerto
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor

Lise Berthaud (viola)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton (conductor)

The idyll of Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' is soon abandoned in the composer's dark and questioning Symphony No. 4 and Birtwistle's Exody, an overwhelming musical labyrinth of sound.
This season's composer focus on William Walton continues with his much-loved Viola Concerto - a work that had its premiere at the Proms, conducted by the composer and featuring composer and violist Paul Hindemith as soloist. Powerful, often dark music that looks far beyond the pastoral stereotypes. Tonight it is performed by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Lise Berthaud.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Quartet in D minor, D.810 "Death and the Maiden"

    Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra