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Prom 44: Belshazzar's Feast

Live BBC Proms. The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley in Koechlin's Les bandar-log, Varese's Amériques and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.

Live at BBC Proms: The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with Sir Simon Rattle and Gerald Finley in Koechlin's Les bandar-log, Varese's Amériques and Walton's Belshazzar’s Feast

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Petroc Trelawny

Koechlin:
Les bandar-log

Varese:
Amériques (original version, 1921)

c.8.15pm Interval Proms Plus
Since its publication in 1894, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book has remained loved by children, but its attitudes have been questioned by some parents and critics, who see it as a relic of colonial English literature. Koechlin’s Les Bandar-Log is part of his nearly life long effort to set The Jungle Book to music. Costa Book Prize winning novelist Frances Hardinge and Sue Walsh from Reading University explore the book’s popularity and controversies with New Generation Thinker Anindya Raychaudhuri.
Produced by Luke Mulhall.

c.8.35pm:
Walton:
Belshazzar’s Feast

Gerald Finley baritone
Orfeo Catala
Orfeo Catala Youth Choir
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle conductor

Sir Simon Rattle conducts a concert of sonic spectacle, bringing one of the great English oratorios together with an American orchestral classic.

Walton’s choral masterpiece Belshazzar’s Feast gets the Proms treatment with a 300-strong choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist.

More than 10 percussionists are needed to bring Varese’s Amériques – a celebration of the modern city in sound – to life, while Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book inspired Les bandar-log transports listeners to the primeval forest, where all the noise comes from the monkeys.

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2 hours, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Charles Koechlin

    Les bandar-log

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Edgard Varèse

    Amériques

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • William Walton

    Belshazzar's Feast

    Performer: Gerald Finley. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • William Walton

    Violin Sonata

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Chandos.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia and fugue in A minor BWV.904 for keyboard

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Bach: Keyboard Music.
    • Philips.
    • 8.

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