A Prom featuring the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. Britten: Four Sea Interludes (Peter Grimes). Korngold: Violin Concerto. Prokofiev: Symphony No 5.
Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore.
Another chance to hear the violinist Nicola Benedetti with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits in Korngold's Violin Concerto. Plus music by Britten and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5. Presented from the Royal Albert Hall by Martin Handley.
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from 'Peter Grimes'
Korngold: Violin Concerto
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.
[First heard on 10th August]
Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.