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)
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.