Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall. Mark Simpson: Israfel. Dutilleux: Tout un monde lointain... (with Johannes Moser: cello). Elgar: Symphony No 1.
Live at BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic with Juanjo Mena in Elgar, Dutilleux and the London premiere of 'Israfel' by the orchestra's Composer in Association, Mark Simpson.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Redmond
Mark Simpson: Israfel (London premiere)
Dutilleux: 'Tout un monde lointain...'
Proms Extra: An Introduction to Elgar's First Symphony
Kate Kennedy and musicologists J.P.E. Harper Scott and Professor Bruce Wood introduce Elgar's First Symphony.
Recorded earlier this evening at the Imperial College Union.
Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55
Johannes Moser (cello)
Juanjo Mena (conductor)
In his First Symphony, unveiled in Manchester in 1911, Edward Elgar saw beyond the recession in which Britain was languishing to express a 'massive hope for the future'. The symphony's noble main tune appears fragile at first, but when it returns at the end, it's carried home by an ecstatic orchestra filled with a spirit of uplifting optimism. The BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor also present the London premiere of a work by its Composer in Association, Mark Simpson, and the marriage of modernity and beauty that is Dutilleux's cello concerto 'Tout un monde lointain...'.