Live at the BBC Proms: George Benjamin conducts the London Sinfonietta in music by Ives, Stravinsky, Messiaen and four premieres marking 100 years since the end of World War One.
Live at BBC Proms: George Benjamin conducts the London Sinfonietta in music by Ives, Stravinsky and Messiaen plus a quartet of premieres marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Live from the Roundhouse, London
Presented by Tom Service
Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question
Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 version)
Olivier Messiaen: Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Conductor Sir George Benjamin
The Proms returns to Camden's Roundhouse - a former railway engine shed reinvented as a spectacular contemporary space - with a programme of 20th- and 21st-century works.
Composer-conductor George Benjamin directs new-music specialists, the London Sinfonietta - celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - in a concert that continues our series marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Alongside a quartet of war-themed premieres (co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW), the programme features Stravinsky's homage to Debussy, the elegant Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Messiaen's monumental tribute to the dead of both world wars, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, and Charles Ives's The Unanswered Question, whose haunting solo trumpet famously raises 'the perennial question of existence'.