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Prom 49 (part 1): Mahler - Symphony No 6

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Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons with trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger perform Brett Dean's Dramatis personae.

Håkan Hardenberger, The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons, live at the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Brett Dean: Dramatis personae

7.05 pm INTERVAL

7.25 pm
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor)

Two contrasting heroes share the limelight in this evening of musical drama from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor, Andris Nelsons. Brett Dean's trumpet concerto Dramatis personae, composed for tonight's Swedish virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger, assigns all roles to the trumpet, casting him by turns as fallen superhero and accidental revolutionary. Mahler's Sixth Symphony sees the composer himself as cursed hero - one, he explained, 'on whom fall three blows of fate, the last of which fells him as a tree is felled'. The conclusion may be a tragic one but there are also scenes of beauty and joy in a work that includes a glowing theme associated with Mahler's wife Alma.

This Prom will be repeated on Monday 7th September at 2pm.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Last on

Sat 22 Aug 2015 18:30

Music Played

  • Brett Dean

    Dramatis Personae

    Conductor: Andris Nelsons. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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