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Prom 32: Britten, Brian Elias, Purcell and Elgar

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and Ryan Wigglesworth with Leonard Elschenbroich, Toby Spence and Henry Waddington perform Britten, Elias, Purcell and Elgar.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and Ryan Wigglesworth with Leonard Elschenbroich, Toby Spence and Henry Waddington perform Britten, Elias, Purcell and Elgar.

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

Britten: Ballad of Heroes
Brian Elias: Cello Concerto

c. 7.45pm INTERVAL - Proms Extra
Christopher Eccleston and Yolanda Vasquez perform readings and poems by the British volunteers of the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War. Britten's 'Ballad of Heroes' is dedicated to them. Dr Richard Baxell talks to presenter Clemency Burton-Hill about the history. Recorded as a Proms Extra earlier with an audience at Imperial College Union.
Producer, Karen Holden

c. 8.10pm
Purcell, arr Elgar: Jehova, quam multi sunt
Elgar: Enigma Variations

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
Leonard Elschenbroich (cello)
Toby Spence (tenor)
Henry Waddington (bass)
Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

Ryan Wigglesworth joins the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales for a programme that spans four centuries, from Purcell's dramatic choral motet 'Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei', to the world premiere of Brian Elias's Cello Concerto, whose intricate, spiral structure creates a dream-like musical narrative.
The concert opens with Britten's most overtly political work - an impassioned musical stand against fascism that anticipates the composer's War Requiem; and reaches its culmination with Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, which includes the much-loved 'Nimrod'.

Producer Tim Thorne.

2 hours, 15 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 56:20

  • Benjamin Britten

    Ballad of Heroes

    Performer: Toby Spence. Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Brian Elias

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Leonard Elschenbroich. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Interval

    Proms Extra: The Spanish Civil War

    Duration: 20:10

  • Part 2

    Duration: 52:19

  • Henry Purcell

    Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, arr. Elgar

    Choir: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Performer: Ryan Wigglesworth.
  • Post-concert

    Duration: 06:33

  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia No 6 in F major

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Henry Purcell The Complete Fantazias Fretwork.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 6.

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Performer BBC National Chorus of Wales

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