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Prom 37: BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Thomas Sondergard

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Sondergard. Walton: Partita. Huw Watkins: Cello Concerto. Webern: Passacaglia. Brahms: Symphony No 4.

Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Conductor Thomas Sondergard play Walton, Webern and Brahms's Fourth Symphony, plus a new cello concerto from Huw Watkins for his brother, Paul.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Walton: Partita
Huw Watkins: Cello Concerto (BBC commission: world premiere)

8.20 INTERVAL
Proms Extra: An Introduction to Brahms's Fourth Symphony
Martin Handley, with musicologists Laura Tunbridge and Robert Samuels, provide an introduction to Brahms's Symphony No 4 in E minor, the composer's last symphony, notable for its last movement which is in the form of a symphonic passacaglia.
Recorded earlier this evening at Imperial College Union.

8.40
Webern: Passacaglia
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor

Paul Watkins (cello)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard (Principal Conductor)

Thomas Sondergard conducts his BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a Prom exploring the idea of the orchestral 'passacaglia' and some of the most delicious and subtle sonorities ever conjured. Brahms's fourth and final symphony feels like the composer's supreme achievement for orchestra; its finale, a radiant passacaglia, is the summation of the composer's quest to wed discipline and emotion. After Walton's boisterous Partita comes the world premiere of the latest Proms cello concerto, a piece written by Huw Watkins and played by his brother, Paul. It's a work that stems from the brothers' long experience of performing chamber music together. "I'm biased of course," says Huw, "but there's no cellist I know who makes a more expressive and beautiful sound.".

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Partita

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Huw Watkins

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Paul Watkins. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Anton Webern

    Passacaglia

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 4 in E minor

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC National Orchestra of Wales

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