Prom 19 repeat: Strauss, Schumann and MacMillan
Another chance to hear Prom 19: Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC SSO in MacMillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and, with Alexander Melnikov, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor.
Afternoon Concert with Georgia Mann.
Another chance to hear BBC SSO & Thomas Dausgaard with pianist Alexander Melnikov. Schumann's Piano Concerto and James MacMillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie.
Presented by Kate Molleson at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
Interval; Proms Plus: Composer Sir James MacMillan, 60 this year, discusses The Confession of Isobel Gowdie and talks about his inspiration and ideas. Recorded earlier at Imperial College Union. Producer Helen Garrison.
Schumann: Piano Concerto
James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Alexander Melnikov (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
‘I always wanted a great bravura piece by him,’ wrote Clara Schumann of her husband. Her hope was answered in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto a work whose broad, symphonic scope explores and tests the relationship between soloist and orchestra.
Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov joins the BBC Scottish SO and its Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard for a programme that also includes the sweeping drama of Strauss’s tone-poem Also sprach Zarathustra, with its memorable opening sunrise (heard on the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the violence and compassion of Sir James MacMillan’s early masterpiece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, inspired by the execution of a 17th-century ‘witch’ and premiered at the Proms in 1990.