BBC SSO - Liszt, MacMillan, Prokofiev
From City Halls, Glasgow, BBC SSO under Carlos Miguel Prieto. Liszt: Hamlet. James MacMillan: The Berserking (with Peter Donohoe: piano). Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (selection).
Live from City Halls, Glasgow
Presented by Jamie MacDougall
The BBC SSO play Liszt's Hamlet, James MacMillan's The Berserking (Piano Concerto No.1) and
Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.
Liszt: Hamlet: Symphonic Poem
James MacMillan: The Berserking (Piano Concerto No.1)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - selection
Peter Donohoe, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Music on the edge: James MacMillan got the idea for The Berserking at a football match, and channelled an outburst of reckless, explosive fury into what one critic has called the greatest piece of British music since Benjamin Britten. Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet strips the sentimentality from Shakespeare's tragedy in one of the greatest and most moving of all 20th century ballet scores. And as for Hamlet - well, confronted with Shakespeare's great psychological drama, no composer as extrovert as Franz Liszt was ever likely to hold back. Keyboard heavyweight Peter Donohoe unleashes his full virtuoso powers while Carlos Miguel Prieto lavishes all his trademark fire on a concert of dangerous extremes.