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Prom 48: Matthias Pintscher and Mendelssohn

Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC SSO. Pintscher: Reflections on Narcissus (Alisa Weilerstein: cello). Mendelssohn: Overture and Incidental Music (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

Live at BBC Proms: BBC SSO perform Matthias Pintscher's Reflections on Narcissus with cellist Alisa Weilerstein plus music from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly

Matthias Pintscher: Reflections on Narcissus

8:05 INTERVAL: Proms Extra
Shakespeare - Sheep and Shepherds
Cumbrian shepherd James Rebanks joins Dr Emma Smith and Dr Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough to discuss Shakespeare's depictions of pastoral landscapes and references to sheep and wool

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture and Incidental Music, Op 61)
Bottom ..... Mark Benton
Oberon/Theseus ..... Alex Hassell
Puck ..... Simon Manyonda
Hermia/Fairy/Mistress Quince ..... Sinead Matthews
Lysander/Snout/Philostrate ..... Sam Swann
Titania/Hippolyta ..... Michelle Terry
Bijan Sheibani (stage director)

Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Katherine Broderick (soprano)
Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano)
Finchley Children's Music Group
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Matthias Pintscher (conductor)

Narcissus, the Thespian hunter who fell in love with his own image, inspired Matthias Pintscher to compose his own reflection on 'the interaction of different groups and their mirror images', a work for cello and orchestra. Pintscher conducts Reflections on Narcissus here before a semi-staged performance of Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Mendelssohn's delicate, mercurial and strident music is interspersed with excerpts from Shakespeare's text to form a centrepiece of this season's celebrations of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary.

PROMS EXTRA: Shakespeare - Sheep and Shepherds
References to sheep, lambs, fleeces, wool and shepherds are to be found in many of Shakespeare's plays. From Corin in 'As You Like It' who describes himself as a 'natural philosopher' to Perdita's saviour in 'The Winter's Tale', they are key characters in the plots and reflect the importance of the wool trade in Elizabethan England. James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, talks about his life as a shepherd in Cumbria and how much - if at all - the shepherd's life has changed over the past 400 years. He will be joined on stage by Shakespeare expert Dr Emma Smith from the University of Oxford who presented Radio 3's Sunday documentary looking at the buyers of Shakespeare's First Folio. The discussion is hosted by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough from Durham University who was selected as a New Generation Thinker in 2013 in the scheme run by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find academic broadcasters of the future.
Producer: Zahid Warley.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Matthias Pintscher

    Reflections on Narcissus

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Matthias Pintscher.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Singer: Katherine Broderick. Singer: Clara Mouriz. Performer: Mark Benton. Performer: Alex Hassell. Performer: Simon Manyonda. Performer: Sinead Matthews. Performer: Sam Swann. Performer: Michelle Terry. Choir: Finchley Childrens Music Group. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Matthias Pintscher. Performer: Bijan Sheibani.
  • James Chang


    Ensemble: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.



The annual BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers' Competition for 12-18 year olds provides what most composers only dream of: the chance to have their music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Not only this - winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.


On Monday 15th August 2016 the Aurora Orchestra gave a concert in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London featuring the six winning pieces from this year's competition.  Between now and Monday 22nd August there's a chance to hear these winning pieces and tonight it's the turn of James Chan and his piece entitled Litany.  


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


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