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Our Classical Century: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Our Classical Century: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Also, the BBC Singers with music by Dove, Bennett and Horovitz.

In Our Classical Century, a series exploring the most representative and seminal pieces of Classical Music in the last hundred years, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with Marc-André Hamelin on the piano and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard. Also, William Harris' hymn Bring us, o Lord God, in celebration of the BBC Symphony Chorus' 90th anniversary, which is heard in a recording directed by Neil Ferris. After that, a concert given last month by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in London, starting with Beethoven's Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus. Followed by Mason Bates' Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, finishing with another Beethoven masterpiece, his Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor' with Jeremy Denk as soloist. The afternoon begins, though, with concert given earlier this year by the BBC Singers at Milton Court, in London, with John Wilson conducting. The programme includes Jonathan Dove's The Passing of the Year, Richard Rodney Bennett's Sea Change, and Joseph Horovitz's Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo.

Presented by Penny Gore

14.00
Dove: The Passing of the Year
Bennett: Sea Change
Horovitz: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

BBC Singers
John Wilson (conductor)

15..20
Our Classical Century
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

15.50
Harris: Bring us, O Lord God

BBC Symphony Chorus
Neil Ferris (Chorus Director)

15.58
Beethoven: Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus

Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb major, "Emperor"

Jeremy Denk (Piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Crisitian Macelaru (Conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jonathan Dove

    The Passing of the Year

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Ben Dawson. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Sea Change

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Joseph Horovitz

    Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo

    Performer: BBC Singers. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
  • William Harris

    Bring Us O Lord God

    Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Neil Ferris.
    • NMC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture The Creatures of Prometheus

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
    • NMC.
  • Mason Bates

    Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
    • NMC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    PIano Concerto No.5 in Eb 'Emperor' Op.73

    Performer: Jeremy Denk. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
    • NMC.

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