Another chance to hear BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Marc Minkowski, Julie Fuchs and Julien Behr in Poulenc's Stabat Mater, Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Faure's Shylock.
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Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers, Marc Minkowski, Julie Fuchs and Julien Behr in Poulenc's Stabat Mater, Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Fauré's Shylock.
Presented by Ian Skelly at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Poulenc: Stabat Mater
Julie Fuchs, soprano
Julien Behr, tenor
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marc Minkowski conductor
Paris was at the centre of the quest for new clarity and order in music around the start of the 20th century, and tonight's Prom presents some of the most delicious fruits of that quest. Our Shakespeare anniversary celebrations continue with a suite drawn from Fauré's incidental music for The Merchant of Venice.
In his ballet score Pulcinella, Stravinsky dusted down Baroque melodies then believed to be by Pergolesi, lending them an ear-teasing bite.
Spare simplicity and urbane wit usually meet in the works of Poulenc; but in his Stabat mater - a portrait of the mother of Christ beholding her crucified son - Poulenc finds a mode of disarming tenderness and contemplation.
[First broadcast on Wednesday 20th July]
Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.