Prom 61 (part 1): San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. Ives: Decoration Day (New England Holidays). Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Yuja Wang).
Live at the BBC Proms: the San Francisco Symphony with their Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Yuja Wang play music by Ives and Bartok and Beethoven's Third Symphony
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Ives: Decoration Day (New England Holidays Symphony)
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
8.20 pm INTERVAL
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, 'Eroica'
Yuja Wang (piano)
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
Chinese virtuoso Yuja Wang is the soloist in Bartók's Second Piano Concerto - a work the composer intended to pose 'fewer difficulties for the orchestra' and to be 'more pleasing in its thematic material' than his First. Beethoven's emotionally charged 'Eroica' Symphony forms the second half - the ground-breaking symphony that would pave the way for the mighty Romantic works of Mahler and Bruckner. The concert opens with Charles Ives's atmospheric Decoration Day, inspired by his father's marching band.
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