Live at the BBC Proms: the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder with the Hallé Choir and Youth Choir, plus sopranos Sophie Bevan and Anna Stéphany, in music by Debussy and Stravinsky.
Live at the BBC Proms: the Hallé conducted by Mark Elder with the Hallé Choir and Youth Choir plus soloists Sophie Bevan and Anna Stéphany, with music by Debussy and Stravinsky.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Redmond
Wagner: Tannhäuser - overture
Debussy: La damoiselle élue
c.8.05 Interval: Proms Plus
An exploration of the relationships between birds and humans with Professor Tim Birkhead and prize-winning author of H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald, hosted by New Generation Thinker Lucy Powell.
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale
Stravinsky: The Firebird - suite (1945 version)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano)
Hallé Choir (female voices)
Hallé Youth Choir (female voices)
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
Sophie Bevan and Anna Stéphany are the soloists in centenary composer Claude Debussy's Wagner-infused, mythical-fantasy cantata La damoiselle élue.
Wagner's relationship with Paris soured over his opera Tannhäuser but Stravinsky was practically adopted by the city.
Tonight's second half features two of the latter's most colourful scores, whose striking resemblances result from the fact that Stravinsky broke off work on The Nightingale (the opera on which tonight's symphonic poem is based) in order to write his first ballet, The Firebird.