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Prom 01: First Night of the Proms

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Elgar: Cello Concerto (with Sol Gabetta). Prokofiev: Cantata: Alexander Nevsky.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sakari Oramo. Sol Gabetta plays Elgar's Cello Concerto, mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina joins for Prokofiev's Cantata Alexander Nevsky

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny and Clemency Burton-Hill

Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor

c.20:00
Interval - Petroc Trelawny and Clemency Burton-Hill look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests including the Director of the BBC Proms, David Pickard.

c.20:25
Prokofiev: Cantata 'Alexander Nevsky'

Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano
Sol Gabetta, cello
BBC National Chorus of Wales
The BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor

Tchaikovsky's ravishing 'Romeo and Juliet' overture launches our celebrations marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.
Argentine soloist Sol Gabetta makes her Proms debut in Elgar's hauntingly lyrical Cello Concerto, the first in a series of works throwing a spotlight on the instrument.
Prokofiev delivered a score of new directness and clarity for his friend Sergey Eisenstein's patriotic film Alexander Nevsky: the cantata he fashioned from it features the dramatic 'Battle on the Ice'.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'

    Conductor: Sakari Oramo. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op 85

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Alexander Nevsky - cantata

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasy in C major Op.17

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Pictures at an Exhibition.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Franz Waxman

    Carmen Fantasy

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • Paganini, Saint-Saens, Waxman: Works for violin and orchestra: Vengerov.
    • Teldec.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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