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Prom 50: Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

A Prom featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Hough (piano). Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Prokofiev: Symphony No 3.

Afternoon on 3 with Verity Sharp

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov with Stephen Hough in Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Prokofiev's Symphony No.3, and Tchaikovsky's Fantasy-Overture 'Hamlet'.

Presented by Martin Handley at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op.44

Stephen Hough, piano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Vedernikov conductor

In 1919 Prokofiev started work on his opera The Fiery Angel, a touching love story set against the backdrop of demonic possession. He recast much of the opera's most impactful music into his Third Symphony. Alexander Vedernikov conducts it here after Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninov's devilish and ever-entertaining 'Paganini' Variations, and the final instalment of fellow Russian Tchaikovsky's three Shakepeare overtures.

[First broadcast on Tuesday 23rd August]

Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Variations on a Theme of Paganini

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Vasily Pavlovich Solovyov-Sedoy

    Moscow Nights

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No. 3

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Performer: Baiba Skride.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra