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Prom 6: An American in Paris and Turangalila

Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, perform Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalila Symphony.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalîla Symphony.

From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Gershwin: An American in Paris

c. 7.45
Interval: Proms Plus
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c. 20.05
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Cynthia Millar (ondes martenot)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

Gershwin's An American in Paris - a giddy, gloriously tuneful musical evocation of 1920s Paris - takes a stroll through the bustling City of Light, swept along by the jazz rhythms that were its throbbing pulse. The rhythmic impulse continues through Messiaen's hypnotic orchestral love song, the Turangalîla Symphony. Premiered by Leonard Bernstein in 1949, this Tristan and Isolde-inspired work is a celebration of sensual pleasure and boundless ecstasy.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalîla Symphony

    Performer: Angela Hewitt. Performer: Cynthia Millar. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op.167

    Performer: Gervaise de Peyer. Performer: Gwenneth Pryor.
    • CHANDOS.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


  • Wed 18 Jul 2018 19:30

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