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Prom 6 repeat: An American in Paris and Turangalila

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, perform Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalila Symphony.

Afternoon Concert with Tom McKinney

Another chance to hear the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Gershwin's An American in Paris and Messiaen's epic Turangalîla Symphony.

Presented by Penny Gore from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Gershwin: An American in Paris

c. 2.15pm Interval: Proms Plus
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c. 2.35pm
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.

Followed by recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    An American in Paris vers. for orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC S O.. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Olivier Messiaen


    Performer: Angela Hewitt. Performer: Cynthia Millar. Orchestra: BBC S O.. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Caprice in E major, Op 33 No 2

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Mendelssohn: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • Naive.
    • 012.
  • César Franck

    Prelude, choral et fugue

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Jean Sibelius

    King Christian II - suite Op.27 [from the incidental music]; Ballade

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
    • Sibelius.
    • Linn.
    • 006.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra