Live at the BBC Proms: the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with Anja Kampe, Robert Dean Smith and Franz-Josef Selig, perform works by Webern, Mahler and Wagner.
Live at BBC Proms: Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen with Anja Kampe, Robert Dean Smith and Franz-Josef Selig in Webern, Mahler and Wagner.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10
Symphony No 10 - Adagio
8.00pm Interval: Proms Plus
Stephen Fry and John Deathridge introduce Wagner's 'Die Walküre'. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.
Wagner: Die Walküre - Act 1
Anja Kampe (soprano), Sieglinde
Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Siegmund
Franz-Josef Selig (bass), Hunding
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
The Philharmonia Orchestra and its Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen take a musical journey from aphorism to epic. Barely six minutes long, Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra distils expression down to its most concentrated form, every musical gesture carrying infinite weight and colour. By contrast, Wagner's Die Walküre, the second instalment of his monumental Ring cycle, explores musical expansion and amplitude, offering an all-consuming vision of illicit love. At the midpoint is the Adagio from Mahler's 10th Symphony - music that grasps towards eternity and immortality but that was to remain tragically unfinished at the composer's death.