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Prom 20: Stephen Hough plays Brahms

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, in music by Brahms, Haydn and David Sawer.

Live from BBC Proms: The BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, in music by Brahms, Haydn and David Sawer.

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

Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor

8.25 INTERVAL - Proms Extra
In the second of our discussions about mood and emotion, novelist and broadcaster Charlotte Mendelson considers happiness: why do fewer writers engage with that emotion and why is so much of literature full of unhappy people? She's joined by psychologist and broadcaster Claudia Hammond, presenter of Radio 4's All In The Mind programme and author of 'Emotional Rollercoaster: A Journey Through The Science Of Feelings' and the discussion is chaired by New Generation Thinker Will Abberley. Recorded earlier as a Proms Extra with an audience at Imperial College.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

8.45
David Sawer: the greatest happiness principle
Haydn: Symphony No 99 in E flat major

Stephen Hough (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)

Though booed at its premiere in 1859, Brahms's First Piano Concerto has gone on to become one of the most beloved of the great rollercoasters among concertos. A giant of a piece with an emotional scope to match, it is at its most tender in the slow movement - a 'gentle portrait' of Clara Schumann. Tempering this intensity is Haydn's graceful Symphony No 99 and David Sawer's 'the greatest happiness principle', with its dancing, rhythmically charged textures, inspired by Jeremy Bentham's Utopian philosophies.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 54:02

  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
  • Proms Extra - Happiness

    Duration: 20:28

  • Part 2

    Duration: 48:15

  • David Sawer

    The Greatest Happiness Principle

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 99 in E flat major

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Mark Wigglesworth.
  • Post-concert

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in A major, Op 18 No 5

      Performer: Zoltán Székely. Performer: Michael Küttner. Performer: Denes Koromzay. Performer: Gábor Magyar. Orchestra: Hungarian Quartet.
      • Beethoven The Collector's Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
      • EMI Classics.
      • 5.

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