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Prom 57: Thomas Larcher, Wagner and Richard Strauss

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Larcher: Symphony No 2 'Cenotaph'. Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

Live at the BBC Proms: Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Strauss's An Alpine Symphony, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with mezzo Elisabeth Kulman, and Thomas Larcher's new Symphony No. 2 "Kenotaph".

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

Thomas Larcher: Symphony No.2 "Cenotaph" (UK premiere)
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

20.25 INTERVAL: Proms Extra
Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to William Mival and Gavin Plumey about Strauss's epic 'An Alpine Symphony'. Recorded earlier this evening at the Concert Hall of Imperial College Union.

20.45 Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov conductor

An Alpine Symphony combines the tunefulness, richness of orchestration and sheer unadulterated beauty of Richard Strauss's character-based tonepoems with what is probably his most impressive piece of musical architecture. Whether depicting a bracing mountain climb or the slow formation of the mountain range itself, the work has a magnificence all of its own, particularly when resounding through the Royal Albert Hall. The BBC Symphony Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov scales its heights here, after Wagner's unalloyed love songs for Mathilde Wesendonck, sung by distinguished Austrian mezzo Elisabeth Kulman, and the UK premiere of Symphony No. 2 "Cenotaph" by another Austrian - composer Thomas Larcher.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Thomas Larcher

    Symphony No 2

    Singer: Elisabeth Kulman. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
  • Richard Wagner

    Wesendonck-Lieder

    Performer: Elisabeth Kulman. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss

    An Alpine Symphony

    Singer: Elisabeth Kulman. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra

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