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Prom 32: Eric Whitacre and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A Prom in which Eric Whitacre conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in his own music including Deep Field, plus Gershwin, Copland and Jonathan Newman.

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.

Another chance to hear Eric Whitacre conducting his own music, including the European premiere of his Deep Field, a work inspired by images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope, plus works by Gershwin, Copland and a European premiere by Jonathan Newman.

Presented by Fiona Talkington from the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Jonathan Newman: Blow It Up, Start Again (European premiere)

Eric Whitacre: The River Cam

Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst

Gershwin, orch. Grofe: Rhapsody in Blue

Copland: Quiet City

Eric Whitacre: Equus

Eric Whitacre: Deep Field (BBC co-commission: European premiere)

Martin James Bartlett (piano)
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Eric Whitacre (conductor)

Eric Whitacre's new work Deep Field is inspired by images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope - and offers the audience a chance to participate in a novel way. In his popular Cloudburst, too, you can help create the sound of rain falling. Plus, American classics by Copland and Gershwin.

[First heard on 9th August]

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Eric Whitacre

    The River Cam

  • Eric Whitacre


  • orch.Grofe Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Christine Pendrill. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Performer: Maurice Murphy.
  • Eric Whitacre


  • Eric Whitacre

    Deep Field

  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Variations on an Original Theme, Op.15, in A

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Performer: Daniel Gortler.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No.2 op.55

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Franz Liszt

    Consolation No 2 in E major (6 Consolations)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus