Live at the BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, perform Elgar and Prokofiev. Soloist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a violin concerto by Philip Venables.
Live at BBC Proms: BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo in Elgar and Prokofiev. Plus soloist Pekka Kuusisto premieres a quirky new violin concerto by Philip Venables.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Ian Skelly
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings
Philip Venables/Bartók: Venables Plays Bartók (BBC Commission World Premiere)
Interval: Proms Plus. Presenter Hannah Conway talks to composer Philip Venables about his new work, premiered in this concert, 'Venables plays Bartok'. Recorded earlier at the Imperial College Union.
Prokofiev: Symphony No.5 in B flat Op.100
Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables. The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.
The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.