Live at the BBC Proms. Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven's Symphony No 2 in D and Shostakovich's Symphony No 5 in D minor.
Live at BBC Proms: Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra perform symphonies by Beethoven and Shostakovich.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall.
Presented by Ian Skelly.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D major
Interval: Musicologists Marina Frolova-Walker and Pauline Fairclough discuss Shostakovich and his Fifth Symphony with presenter Flora Willson.
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No 5
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
One of Europe’s greatest orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, returns to the Proms under Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
In the first of two concerts (see also Prom 17) they pair two contrasting symphonies in a programme that moves from sunshine to bitterness. ‘This symphony is smiling throughout,’ wrote Berlioz of Beethoven’s Second Symphony – a work in which seemingly sunny moods conceal personal tragedy and loss.
Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony was written under the cloud of intense scrutiny and artistic repression following the public criticism of the composer at the hands of Stalin.