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Prom 60: Mahler - Symphony No 1

Recorded at the BBC Proms 2015, the San Francisco Symphony with music director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jeremy Denk in music by Mahler, Schoenberg and Henry Cowell.

BBC Proms 2015: San Francisco Symphony with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Jeremy Denk play music by Mahler, Schoenberg and American maverick Henry Cowell

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Schoenberg: Theme and Variations, Op. 43b
Cowell: Piano Concerto
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Jeremy Denk (piano)
San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)

It has been almost a decade since the San Francisco Symphony visited the Proms. The orchestra is joined by its Music Director of more than 20 years, Michael Tilson Thomas, and by American pianist Jeremy Denk in the latter's second concert of the season. Here Denk tackles an American rarity - Henry Cowell's extraordinary Piano Concerto, whose primitive textures require the soloist to pound the piano with fists and forearms. It is paired with Mahler's First Symphony, an ebullient youthful work filled with hints of the mature composer to come, and Schoenberg's imaginative Theme and Variations, heard in the composer's own orchestral arrangement.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Theme and Variations, Op.43b

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Henry Cowell

    Piano Concerto

    Performer: Jeremy Denk. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Charles Ives

    The Alcotts (3rd movement of Piano Sonata No.2)

    Performer: Jeremy Denk.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.1 in D major

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Allan Pettersson

    Symphony No.10

    Conductor: Leif Segerstam. Orchestra: Norrköpings Symfoniorkester.
    • BIS.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Variations on a Swedish Air

    Performer: Kullervo Kojo. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste. Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • FINLANDIA.

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