Live at BBC Proms. The BBC Philharmonic, with Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon, perform music by Arnold, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Live at BBC Proms: BBC Philharmonic with Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon in Arnold, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sarah Walker
Arnold: Peterloo Overture
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
In 2017, Sacha Dench of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust flew the 7,000 mile migration route of Whooper Swans from Siberia to the UK in a paraglider. Drawing on her experience, the ‘Human Swan’ talks about the birds that have become symbolic of love, beauty, and mystery with dance critic Sarah Crompton, former Arts Editor-in-Chief at The Telegraph. Hosted by New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes. Produced by Torquil MacLeod.
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpts)
Juan Perez Floristan (piano)
Ben Gernon (conductor)
The BBC Philharmonic and Principal Guest Conductor Ben Gernon open with Malcolm Arnold’s dramatic Peterloo Overture in the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre at St Peter’s Fields in the orchestra’s hometown of Manchester.
Excerpts from Swan Lake, the first of Tchaikovsky’s great ballet scores, include the colourful sequence of national dances and the heartbreaking final scene in which Odette and her beloved Siegfried are united for ever in death, breaking the spell of the sorcerer Rothbart.
Juan Pérez Floristán is soloist in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with its famous lyrical 18th Variation.