Prom 61: San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas
Recorded at the BBC Proms 2015, the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Yuja Wang in music by Ives and Bartok, plus Beethoven's Symphony No 3.
BBC Proms 2015: 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.
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Ives: Decoration Day (New England Holidays Symphony)
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 2
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.