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Prom 18: Britten and Mahler

Live at the BBC Proms. Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's song cycle Das Lied von der Erde and, with Leif Ove Andsnes, Britten's Piano Concerto.

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. Britten's Piano Concerto and Mahler's powerful orchestral song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde.

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

Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13
(revised version, 1945)

08.05
INTERVAL - Proms Plus Talk: Hannah French and former Proms Controller Sir Nicholas Kenyon discuss Henry Wood’s relationship with 20th-century music in the second of three events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Proms founder-conductor's birth.

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Skelton (tenor)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (conductor)

Claudia Mahnke and Stuart Skelton are the soloists in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde - a powerful, personal statement of loss, orchestrated with infinite variety and skill.

It’s paired with another mould-breaking work Britten’s Piano Concerto. Premiered at the Proms in 1938 with the 24-year-old composer as soloist, the work is as much a celebration of orchestral texture as pianistic bravura, bursting with youthful energy and invention. Norwegian pianist and Proms regular Leif Ove Andsnes is the soloist.

2 hours, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Piano Concerto

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Federico Mompou

    El Carrer el guitarrista i el vell cavall from Suburbis

  • Gustav Mahler

    Das Lied von der Erde

    Performer: Claudia Mahnke. Performer: Stuart Skelton.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer: De l'aube a midi sur la mer

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Performer: Olga Paschenko. Music Arranger: Claude Debussy.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Étude-tableau No 6 in A minor, Op 39

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.

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