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Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev and Venables

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’.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction and Allegro for Strings

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Philip Venables

    Venables Plays Bartok

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Trad.

    Vi Salde Vara Hemman

    Performer: Pekka Kuusisto.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: Sakari Oramo.
  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson de matin for chamber orchestra, Op 15 No 2

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • Elgar Miniatures: Hickox.
    • EMI.
    • 16.


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