The First Night of the 2015 Proms, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and choral groups under Sakari Oramo performing music by Nielsen, Gary Carpenter, Mozart, Sibelius and Walton.
Another chance to hear the opening concert from the 2015 BBC Proms last Friday. The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo perform Walton's Belshazzar, and they are joined by pianist Lars Vogt in Mozart.
Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Nielsen: Overture to Maskarade
Gary Carpenter: Dadaville (BBC commission: world premiere)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K466
Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast suite
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
Lars Vogt (piano)
Christopher Maltman (baritone)
BBC National Chorus of Wales
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Two Nordic anniversaries launch this year's BBC Proms: Denmark's Carl Nielsen and Finland's Jean Sibelius both celebrate their 150th-birthday years. Two exotic musical retellings of the story of the Babylonian king Belshazzar include the first of this summer's feast of choral works. Celebrated German pianist Lars Vogt is soloist in the first of six late great Mozart piano concertos, and British composer Gary Carpenter spearheads the 32 premieres this season - a musical taste of things to come.
Followed by great recordings from some of this week's Proms Artists.