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Prom 22: Ravel, Lera Auerbach and Debussy

The BBC SO conducted by Edward Gardner. Ravel: Mother Goose Suite. Lera Auerbach: The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie. Debussy: Incidental music (King Lear); La Mer.

Live at BBC Proms: Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus and violinist Vadim Gluzman in a new work by Lera Auerbach. Plus Debussy's La Mer.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Lera Auerbach: The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie (Symphony No.3 for violin, choir and orchestra)
(BBC co-commission with the Bergen Philharmonic and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: UK premiere)

c. 20.35 INTERVAL: Proms Extra
Shakespeare - Law and Lawyers
What did Shakespeare know of the law? Geoffrey Robertson QC in conversation with Anne McElvoy, with readings performed in front of the audience at Imperial College Union.

c. 20.55
Debussy orch. Roger-Ducasse: King Lear - incidental music
Debussy: La Mer

Vadim Gluzman, violin
Nina Bennett, soprano
Helen Neeves, soprano
Andrew Watts, countertenor
Tom Raskin, tenor
Andrew Rupp, bass
Crouch End Festival Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner conductor

Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach's The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie is her Symphony No.3 - for solo violin, vocal soloists, choir and orchestra. Violinist Vadim Gluzman is the travelling musical storyteller who introduces a collection of wondrous tales by the mysterious author Erroneous Anonymous and Lera Auerbach herself. This voyage of imagination is inspired by the tradition of 'nonsense' poems, and has characters such as the Common Corporant, the Moon-Rider, and the Flying Pig, who enjoys sitting on a cloud watching the crowd.

There's also Ravel's shimmering fairy-tale suite, Debussy's glinting portrait of the sea and - in this Shakespeare anniversary year - Debussy's aborted incidental music for King Lear.

PROMS EXTRA: Shakespeare - Law and Lawyers
Continuing our exploration of the ways in which Shakespeare portrayed aspects of professional life, Geoffrey Robertson QC talks about the law and lawyers, contending that Shakespeare must either have studied at the Inns of Court or was close friends with those who did. Highlights of a discussion hosted by Anne McElvoy and recorded at Imperial College Union earlier this evening.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose - suite

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Lera Auerbach

    The Infant Minstrel and His Peculiar Menagerie

    Performer: Vadim Gluzman. Singer: Andrew Watts. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Claude Debussy

    King Lear - Fanfare d'ouverture

  • Claude Debussy

    King Lear - Le sommeil de Lear

  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Les Amis de Philippe & Ludgar Remy

    Concerto No 5 in A minor for flute, violin, cello and continuo

    • CPO 777 780-2.
    • CPO.
    • 1.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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