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Prom 17: Tchaikovsky's Pathétique

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena in the London premiere of Mark Simpson's oratorio The Immortal and Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall: The BBC Philharmonic conducted by Juanjo Mena in the London premiere of Mark Simpson's 'The Immortal' and Tchaikovsky's 'Pathétique' Symphony.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Mark Simpson: The Immortal

8.10 INTERVAL - Proms Extra
Composer Mark Simpson talks to presenter Kate Molleson. Highlights of a discussion recorded at the Imperial College Union earlier this evening.

8.30
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, 'Pathétique'

Christopher Purves (baritone)
London Voices
Crouch End Festival Chorus
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

Life and death collide in a concert that explores what lies beyond the limits of human existence. In his passionate Sixth Symphony, which Tchaikovsky described as 'the best thing I ever composed or shall compose', he re-imagined what the symphony could be, daring to face death with uncertainty. The BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association, a former BBC Young Musician winner and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Mark Simpson, also looks to the afterlife in his critically acclaimed oratorio 'The Immortal'. Inspired by Victorian seances, he conjures up eerie visions of a world beyond.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

  • Mark Simpson

    The Immortal

    Singer: Christopher Purves. Choir: London Voices. Choir: Crouch End Festival Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Interval

  • Part 2

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 6 in B minor, 'Pathétique' (Proms 2017)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Juanjo Mena.
  • Post-concert

    • Sir James MacMillan

      Miserere

      Choir: Platinum Consort. Singer: Emma Walshe. Singer: Zoe Brown. Singer: Raffaele Pé. Singer: Simon Ponsford. Singer: Oliver Jones. Singer: Michael Solomon Williams. Singer: Timothy Murphy. Singer: Nick Ashby. Conductor: Scott Inglis-Kidger.
      • In The Dark: Platinum Consort, Scott Inglis-Kidger.
      • Resonus.
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Theme and Variations in F major, Op.19 No.6

      Performer: Sir András Schiff.
      • MELODIYA.
    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Cherubic Hymn No.1 (9 Sacred pieces)

      Choir: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. Conductor: Nikolai Korniev.
      • DG.
    • Anders Hillborg

      Oh those eyes

      Singer: Hannah Holgersson. Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
      • BIS.
    • Anders Hillborg

      Liquid Marble

      Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
      • ONDINE.

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