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Prom 1: First Night of the BBC Proms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the First Night of the 2017 Proms. Tom Coult: St John's Dance. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 (soloist: Igor Levit). John Adams: Harmonium.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Proms Youth Choir, conductor Edward Gardner, in John Adams' Harmonium. Plus Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with Igor Levit.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill and Petroc Trelawny

Tom Coult: St John's Dance (BBC commission: world premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor

c 20:15 INTERVAL: Clemency Burton-Hill and Petroc Trelawny look forward to two months of world-class music-making in the company of guests, and go backstage to chat to some of the performers in tonight's Prom.

c 20:35
John Adams: Harmonium

Igor Levit, piano
BBC Proms Youth Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

John Adams's Harmonium is an intricate tapestry of sound, with bright vocal threads and driving brass and percussion rhythms. Marking the composer's 70th birthday this year, it features the BBC Proms Youth Choir alongside stalwarts of the First and Last Nights, the BBC Symphony Chorus.
Award-winning pianist Igor Levit is the soloist in Beethoven's groundbreaking Third Piano Concerto, and this year's First Night opens with the world premiere of St John's Dance by rising British composer, Tom Coult.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 14 Jul 2017 19:30

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 01:04:04

  • Tom Coult

    St John’s Dance

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor

    Performer: Igor Levit. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ode to Joy (arr. Liszt)

    Performer: Igor Levit.
  • Interval live from the Royal Albert Hall

    Interviews with Edward Gardner, Proms Youth Choir members, Prommers, and David Pickard.

    Duration: 22:23

  • Part 2

    Duration: 40:13

  • John Adams

    Harmonium

    Choir: BBC Proms Youth Choir. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Edward Gardner.
  • Post-concert

    Duration: 26:07

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in D major for two pianos, K 448

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.

Broadcast

  • Fri 14 Jul 2017 19:30

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