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Prom 53 (part 2): Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin, Shostakovich - Orango

Episode 2 of 2

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Prom under Esa-Pekka Salonen concludes with a performance of part of Shostakovich's Orango, an unfinished opera whose manuscript surfaced only in 2004.

The Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen, live at the BBC Proms.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491

8.40 pm INTERVAL

9.00 pm
Shostakovich: Orango - Prologue (orch. G. McBurney)

David Fray (piano)

Natalia Pavlova (Susanna)
Natalia Yakimova (Renée)
Alexander Shagun (Armand Fleury)
Alexander Trofimov (Paul Mâche)
Vladimir Babokin (Foreigner 1)
Oleg Losev (Foreigner 2)
Dmitry Koleushko (Zoologist)
Ivan Novoselov (Orango)
Leo Elhardt (Voice from the Crowd)
Denis Beganski (Master of Ceremonies)
Yuri Yevchuk (Veselchak)

Philharmonia Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)
Irina Brown (stage director)

Shostakovich's Orango - an incomplete opera whose manuscript came to light only in 2004 - is a glossy fusion of wit and political venom. The 'Orango' of the title is half man, half ape - a symbol of the decadent West. It's a work matched for vivid colouring by Bartók's violent and sexually charged ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin. French pianist David Fray returns following his Proms debut in 2011 to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 - written at the height of the composer's fame in Vienna as a performer of his own works.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Orango Prologue (orch. G. McBurney)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Matthew Jackson

    Symphony No.1, "An All Encompassing World"

    Orchestra: Members of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.

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