Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle. Julian Anderson: Incantesimi. Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op 46. Brahms: Symphony No 2.
Live at the BBC Proms: The Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle perform Anderson, Dvorak and Brahms.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Julian Anderson: Incantesimi (UK premiere)
Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
c.8.20pm: INTERVAL: Proms Extra
Tom Service discusses Brahms's Symphony No. 2 with academic Nicholas Baragwanath and Austro-German music expert Gavin Plumley. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Students' Union.
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Overlooking a lake in the Austrian resort of Pörtschach, Johannes Brahms created a symphony that captured all he saw: the beauty of the sunset; the stillness of the night; the peaceful awakening to a new day. And yet its musicians were to play, said Brahms, as if 'with a mourning ribbon around their arm'.
Brahms's meeting of glowing melancholy and piercing brightness is the culmination of the Berlin Philharmonic's second Prom under Sir Simon Rattle, following Dvorák's colourful Slavonic Dances and a new work from Julian Anderson.