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Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen and Janacek

With a Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem. Raymond Yiu: Symphony. Nielsen: Flute Concerto. Janacek: Sinfonietta.

Afternoon on 3 - with Verity Sharp.

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner in Britten, Janacek and Nielsen's Flute Concerto with Emily Beynon, plus a world premiere - Raymond Yiu's Symphony.

Presented from the Royal Albert Hall, London by Tom Service

2pm:
Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

2.25pm:
Raymond Yiu: Symphony (BBC commission: world premiere)

2.50pm:
Nielsen: Flute Concerto

3.10pm:
Janácek: Sinfonietta

Andrew Watts (countertenor)
Emily Beynon (flute)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Proms regular Edward Gardner continues this year's Nielsen anniversary celebrations with the Flute Concerto - a work that expresses what Nielsen perceived as the instrument's 'Arcadian' quality. This gentle, pastoral quality battles, however, with darker forces, characterfully symbolised by the bass trombone. Both Janácek's Sinfonietta and Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem are also vivid expressions of contrast - in mood, texture and colour. The five movements of the Sinfonietta are all scored for a different - and sometimes unlikely - combination of instruments, while the three episodes in Britten's elegiac Sinfonia da Requiem paint different stages of mourning, from grief to anger and finally an uneasy acceptance. Raymond Yiu's BBC commission is a symphony which features the amazing countertenor voice of Andrew Watts, singing texts by Walt Whitman, Constantine Cavafy,Thom Gunn and John Donne on memories of love and loss.

[First heard on 25th August]

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

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonia da Requiem, Op.20

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Raymond Yiu

    Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Andrew Watts. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Flute Concerto

    Performer: Emily Beynon. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • John Alden Carpenter

    Concertino for Piano and Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Boughton

    The Coastwise Lights

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • John Alden Carpenter

    Concertino for Piano and Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Boughton

    The Price of Admiralty

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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