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Prom 24: James MacMillan and Mahler

A Prom in which Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. James MacMillan: Symphony No 4. Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor.

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain

Another chance to hear the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles at the BBC Proms in music by James MacMillan and Mahler.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley

James MacMillan: Symphony No. 4 (BBC commission - world premiere)

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles conductor

Mahler's mighty Symphony No. 5 is the climax of this second Prom from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their chief conductor Donald Runnicles. The work's intense, contrasting moods - the bitter solemnity of the funeral march, the violence of the second movement and the tenderness of the famous Adagietto - make this one of the great orchestral showpieces. The evening opened with the world premiere of a dramatic and bell-haunted Fourth Symphony from Scottish composer James MacMillan, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and dedicated to this evening's conductor.

[First heard last Monday 3rd August]

Followed by:

Poulenc: Piano Concerto
Louis Lortie, piano
BBC Philharmonic
Edward Gardner, conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • James MacMillan

    Symphony No.4

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: Donald Runnicles.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Piano Concerto

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra