Live at the BBC Proms. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the National Youth Orchestra of the USA in Strauss's Alpine Symphony and, with mezzo Joyce DiDonato, Berlioz's Les nuits d'été.
Live at BBC Proms: The National Youth Orchestra of the USA with Sir Antonio Pappano and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato: Berlioz's Les nuits d'été and Strauss's Alpine Symphony
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Les nuits d'été, Op 7
interval: Andrew McGregor looks at the work of the NYO USA and meets some of its players.
An Alpine Symphony
Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano)
Brass of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America
Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor)
Celebrated American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is reunited with regular collaborator Sir Antonio Pappano to mark the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death with a performance of the composer’s sumptuous orchestral song-cycle Les nuits d’été – a musical journey from springtime love to cruellest loss.
The National Youth Orchestra of the USA undertakes a journey of quite a different kind in Strauss’s monumental An Alpine Symphony, whose vast orchestral forces and massive soundscapes conjure up the craggy drama of the Bavarian Alps.
The concert opens with a new work, by Benjamin Beckman, one of the NYO-USA’s two Apprentice Composers.