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Prom 38: Messiaen - Turangalila Symphony

A Prom in which Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic and women's voices from the London Symphony Chorus. Foulds: Three Mantras. Messiaen: Turangalila Symphony.

Afternoon on 3 - with Jonathan Swain.

Another chance to hear the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Juanjo Mena with Steven Osborne and Valérie Hartmann-Claverie, in Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Foulds: Three Mantras

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Valérie Hartmann-Claverie (ondes martenot)
Steven Osborne (piano)
London Symphony Chorus (women's voices)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Hindu philosophy is the guiding thread through this Prom of music by one of the twentieth century's undisputed masters and one of its neglected mavericks. Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony translates the 'curious, exquisite, unexpected melodic contours' of the Hindu tradition for Western ears. John Foulds's music was heavily influenced by his spiritual fascination with India; his style shifts in his Three Mantras from the rhythmic violence of Stravinsky to inward meditation and the colourful textures of Ravel.

[First broadcast on Thursday 13th August]

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

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • John Foulds

    Three Mantras

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalila Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in A major for basset clarinet and orchestra, K.622

    Performer: Mark van de Wiel. Orchestra: Chetham's Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Julian Clayton. Conductor: Julian Clayton.
  • Ravel

    Violin Sonata no.1 (op.posth)


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic