With the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. Britten: Four Sea Interludes (Peter Grimes). Korngold: Violin Concerto (soloist: Nicola Benedetti).
Nicola Benedetti and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, live at the BBC Proms, with music by Britten and Prokofiev and Korngold's Violin Concerto
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
Korngold: Violin Concerto
8.25 pm INTERVAL
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major
Nicola Benedetti (violin)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor)
A musical snapshot of 1945 - a world emerging from the haze of war into the neon glow of Hollywood and new-found hope. Three contrasting works sum up the spirit of this charged year: Britten's Peter Grimes, reinventing English opera; Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, striving after the 'grandeur of the human spirit'; and Korngold's Violin Concerto. Hailed in his youth as a 'genius' and a 'miracle' by no lesser figures than Mahler and Puccini respectively, Korngold's reputation still rests mainly on his luscious film music. The Violin Concerto combines his instinct for melody (themes are borrowed from four of his finest film scores) with classical virtuosity and structural elegance. The soloist here is Proms regular Nicola Benedetti, a passionate champion of this unaccountably neglected work.
[This Prom will be repeated on Friday 21st August at 2pm].
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