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Prom 26: Brahms, Reinbert de Leeuw

A Prom in which Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 83 (soloist: Peter Serkin). Reinbert de Leeuw: Der nachtliche Wanderer.

Afternoon on 3 - with Penny Gore

Another chance to hear: Oliver Knussen conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra - Reinbert de Leeuw's symphonic poem The Night Wanderer and Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2 with Peter Serkin.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall, London

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

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. This deftly coloured symphonic poem has been described as 'a bath of beauty' and 'a high-density monument in music'.

[First broadcast on Thursday 4th August]

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Oliver Knussen

    Cantata Op.15

    Performer: Britten Oboe Quartet.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major

    Performer: Peter Serkin. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Quintet in F minor Op.34

    Performer: Navarra String Quartet. Performer: Aleksandar Madžar.
  • Reinbert de Leeuw

    Der nachtliche Wanderer

    Composer: Reinbert de Leeuw. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
  • Barber

    Cello Sonata in C minor

  • Ireland

    Cello Sonata


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra