Live at the BBC Proms. Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Schumann, Widmann and Beethoven.
Live at BBC Proms: Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris in Schumann, Widmann and Beethoven
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service
Robert Schumann: Genoveva – overture
Jörg Widmann: Babylon Suite
c.8.15pm: Interval Proms Plus
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, 'Pastoral'
Orchestre de Paris
Daniel Harding, conductor
Town or country? That's the choice offered here by Daniel Harding and the Orchestre de Paris.
Scored for a 90-strong orchestra, Jörg Widmann’s explosive Babylon Suite (adapted from his 2012 opera) invites listeners into the all-consuming sonic chaos of the city – a babel of sound and sensation.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, by contrast, takes listeners through fields and past brooks in its evocative portrait of pastoral life.
The concert opens with the gathering storm-clouds of the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva.