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Prom 39: Haydn, Charlotte Bray and Mahler

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Haydn: Symphony No 34 in D minor. Charlotte Bray: Falling in the Fire (with Guy Johnston: cello). Mahler: Symphony No 5.

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo in Mahler's 5th Symphony, Haydn's Symphony No.34 and Charlotte Bray's Falling in the Fire, with cellist Guy Johnston.

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

Haydn: Symphony No.34 in D minor
Charlotte Bray: Falling in the Fire (BBC commission: world premiere)

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Mahler: Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor

Guy Johnston, cello
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

The latest in the series of Proms cello concertos is a powerful new work from Charlotte Bray, an expression of 'moral outrage' at the destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, last summer, after which 'everything changed' in the composer's compositional outlook.

Similarly, something changed in Mahler when he came to write his Fifth Symphony. Not only had he survived a haemorrhage that had nearly killed him, but he had also met and fallen in love with Alma Schindler, for whom the Fifth Symphony's ardent Adagietto is a love song. Before that, Haydn's Symphony No. 34 makes its first appearance at the Proms.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.34 in D minor

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Charlotte Bray

    Falling in the Fire

    Performer: Guy Johnston. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.5 in C sharp minor

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: Donald Runnicles.
  • Post Prom

    • Frédéric Chopin

      12 Studies for piano (Op.10), no.4 in C sharp minor;

      Performer: Martha Argerich.
      • Argerich Plays Chopin.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
      • 2.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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