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Prom 35: Enigma Variations

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates conductor Martyn Brabbins's 60th birthday today in music by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Elgar's Enigma variations.

Live at BBC Proms: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra celebrates conductor Martyn Brabbins's 60th birthday today in music by Vaughan Williams, Brahms and Elgar's Enigma Variations

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Kate Molleson

Various Composers: Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. (BBC commission: world premiere)
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music

c.7.50pm
Interval: Pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris and scholar Kate Kennedy explore the connections between Brahms, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, composers featured in tonight's concert.

c.8.20pm
Brahms: Song of Destiny
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Nadine Benjamin, soprano
Idunnu Münch, mezzo-soprano
William Morgan, tenor
David Ireland, bass-baritone

English National Opera Chorus
BBC Singers
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.

Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.

25 days left to listen

2 hours, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Various Artists

    Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B.

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music

    Choir: English National Opera Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Song of Destiny

    Choir: English National Opera Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations

    Choir: English National Opera Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Louis Couperin

    Suite in F major compiled Hogwood (Gigue)

    Performer: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Louis Couperin: Suites For Harpsichord, Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
    • 5.

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