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.