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Prom 48: Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Silvestri

Live at the BBC Proms. Cristian Măcelaru conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2 and, with Seong-Jin Cho, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No 2.

Live at BBC Proms: the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. Rachmaninov's mighty Symphony No. 2 plus Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Seong-Jin Cho.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Penny Gore

Constantin Silvestri: Three Pieces for strings
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor

Interval: An exploration of the Russian symphonic tradition, with musicologist Geoffrey Norris and Russian culture expert Rosamund Bartlett, presented by Tom Service.

Sergey Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2 in E minor

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru (conductor)

Tracing a thrilling journey from doubt to triumph, Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2 sits at the centre of this concert .From a brooding opening it moves through a lovely slow movement to an ecstatic close – one of the most exciting in the repertoire. Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru makes his Proms debut with the BBC SO.

There’s more drama and still greater virtuosity in Prokofiev’s demanding Piano Concerto No. 2, performed here by 2015 Chopin International Piano Competition winner Seong-Jin Cho. The concert opens with the folk-inspired Three Pieces for strings by the Romanian composer-conductor Constantin Silvestri, who defected to the West in 1956 and died in London 50 years ago.

2 hours, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Constantin Silvestri

    Three Pieces for strings

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor

    Performer: Seong-Jin Cho. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in F K332 - 2nd Movement

    Performer: Seong-Jin Cho.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Symphony No 2 in E minor

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 295, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'

    Performer: Istvan Ella. Orchestra: Corelli Chamber Orchestra.
    • Organ Concertos.
    • Capriccio.
    • 20-23.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Madrigals, book 8: Dolcissimo usignolo [Loveliest nightingale]

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.


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