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Prom 15: Paul Lewis plays Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto

Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Ben Gernon perform music by Tansy Davies and Brahms. They are joined by Paul Lewis for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic conducted by Ben Gernon in a world premiere by Tansy Davies and in music by Brahms. They are joined by Paul Lewis for Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto.

Tansy Davies: What Did We See? (suite from 'Between Worlds') BBC commission: world premiere
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor'

8.20
Interval:
Proms Plus: Composer Tansy Davies talks to Ivan Hewett about her ideas and inspiration and introduces her new work 'What Did We See?'

8.45
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Paul Lewis (piano)
BBC Philharmonic
Ben Gernon (conductor)

Life is celebrated and loss mourned in music spanning over 200 years. The BBC Philharmonic and its Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon pair Beethoven's majestic final piano concerto - for which we welcome back Paul Lewis, who played all five Beethoven piano concertos in the 2010 season - with Brahms's sunny Second Symphony, whose lyrical, pastoral spirit harks back to the earlier composer's own 'Pastoral' Symphony (No. 6). The concert opens in a more sombre, contemplative mood with the world premiere of Tansy Davies's 'What Did We See?' - a meditation on death, healing and transcendence that builds on material from the composer's recent 9/11-inspired opera Between Worlds.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Tansy Davies

    What Did We See? (orchestral suite from 'Between Worlds')

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ben Gernon.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor'

    Performer: Paul Lewis. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ben Gernon.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No 2 in D major

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Ben Gernon.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D 940

    Performer: Paul Lewis. Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Franz Schubert Piano Duets; Steven Osbourne / Paul Lewis.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
    • Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music: Steven Osborne, Piano.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.

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Performer BBC Philharmonic

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