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Prom 41: Edward Gardner conducts the BBC SO and Chorus in Vaughan Williams, Boulanger and Elgar.

Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Edward Gardner in Vaughan Williams and Boulanger, and Elgar's Cello Concerto with Jean-Guihen Queyras.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Edward Gardner in Vaughan Williams and Lili Boulanger. Soloist Jean-Guihen Queyras in Elgar's Cello Concerto.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Lili Boulanger: Pour les funerailles d'un soldat
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op.85

c.20.30 Interval
Proms Plus
Musicologist Kate Kennedy and Professor AC Grayling introduce Vaughan Williams' 1936 cantata Dona nobis pacem. Hosted by Hannah Conway and recorded earlier this evening at the Imperial College Union, London.

c.20.55
Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem

Alexandre Duhamel (baritone)
Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)
Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

War casts its long shadow over this Prom given by Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - part of this season's musical survey suggested by the centenary of the end of the First World War.

A precursor to Britten's War Requiem (see Prom 72), Vaughan Williams's cantata Dona nobis pacem is a heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of the violence of war, its expansive lyricism a natural foil for the compressed drama of Lili Boulanger's choral miniature Pour les funérailles d'un soldat.

Elgar's much-loved Cello Concerto, composed in the wake of the conflict, completes this emotive concert, with French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras as soloist.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Lili Boulanger

    Pour les funerailles d'un soldat

    Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher

    Performer: Jean‐Guihen Queyras.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Dona nobis pacem

    Performer: Sophie Bevan. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Cherubic Hymn no.1 (9 Sacred pieces)

    Choir: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. Conductor: Nikolai Korniev.
    • DG.

Credits

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus

Broadcast

  • Sun 12 Aug 2018 20:00

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