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Prom 26: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oliver Knussen

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oliver Knussen. Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 (with Peter Serkin). Reinbert de Leeuw: Der nachtliche Wanderer.

Live at BBC Proms: Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra - Reinbert de Leeuw's symphonic poem The Night Wanderer and Brahms's Second Piano Concerto with Peter Serkin.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op.83

20.20: INTERVAL: Proms Extra
Simon Callow Reads From the German Romantics
A literary accompaniment to tonight's prom. Actor and writer Simon Callow reads from some of the German Romantic authors, playwrights and poets who inspired Johannes Brahms. Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

20.40: Reinbert De Leeuw: Der nächtliche Wanderer ('The Night Wanderer') (UK premiere)

Peter Serkin, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Knussen, conductor

When Brahms came to write his Second Piano Concerto more than two decades after his First, out went the confident swagger of a man in his prime and in came a feeling of intimacy and expectation.

Oliver Knussen balances the Brahms with the far-flung world of Der nächtliche Wanderer ('The Night Wanderer') by Dutch composer and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw. Inspired by Friedrich Hölderlin's short poem of the same name, this deftly-coloured symphonic poem has been described as 'a bath of beauty' and 'a high-density monument in music'.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb Op.83

    Performer: Peter Serkin. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Reinbert de Leeuw

    Der nachtliche Wanderer

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ebony concerto for clarinet and jazz band

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • The Jazz Album: London Sinfonietta/Rattle.
    • EMI.

Proms Extra: Simon Callow reads from the German Romantics

A list of the readings and translators

Faust Part I by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Robert David Macdonald

Edward, A Scottish Murder Ballad (anonymous)

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann, translated by John Oxenford and CA Fielding

The Trusty Eckart by Johann Ludwig Tieck, translated by Thomas Carlyle

The Singing Bone by the Brothers Grimm, translated by Margaret Hunt

The Wanderer’s Night Song 2 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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