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Prom 24: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts John Adams

Live at BBC Proms: Esa‐Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia Orchestra and mezzo Marianne Crebassa with music by Johann Sebastian Bach arranged by Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel and John Adams.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm, ich her', BWV 769 (arr. Stravinsky)
Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade

c.7.35pm INTERVAL - Proms Extra
Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers and authors Seán Williams and Rachel Hewitt discuss the German writer Friedrich Schiller's essay On Naïve And Sentimental Poetry, in the third of our Interval conversations about mood and emotion. Hosted by Anne McElvoy. Recorded earlier this evening as a Proms Extra event with an audience at Imperial College.
Producer: Torquil MacLeod

c.7.55pm
John Adams: Naive and Sentimental Music

Marianne Crebassa, mezzo-soprano
Philharmonia Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa‐Pekka Salonen, conductor

The celebrations of John Adams's 70th birthday continue with his Naive and Sentimental Music, conducted by its dedicatee, Esa-Pekka Salonen. A symphony in all but name, the work glows with multi-layered textures. From meditative Minimalism to intricate counterpoint in Stravinsky's Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her' - a colourful 'recomposition' of Bach's own chorale variations on the Lutheran hymn. Rising French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa is the soloist in Ravel's heady song-cycle Shéhérazade, an exotic musical fantasy of distant lands and forbidden love.

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Wed 2 Aug 2017 19:00

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