Live at the BBC Proms. Sir Andrew Davis, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and Sarah Connolly perform Elgar's great choral work. Plus music by Vaughan Williams and Hugh Wood.
Live at BBC Proms: Sir Andrew Davis with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Chorus & Sarah Connolly. Plus Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia and Hugh Wood’s Scenes from Comus.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Hugh Wood: Scenes from Comus
Interval - Proms Plus Talk: Musicologist Kate Kennedy discusses aspects of Elgar's The Music Makers with Jordan Kistler, author of a book about O'Shaughnessy, whose poem Elgar set
Elgar: The Music Makers, Op.69
Stacey Tappan (soprano)
Anthony Gregory (tenor)
Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
BBC Symphony Chorus*
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly in Elgar’s last great choral work.
The Music Makers is the musical culmination of a career, drawing together quotations from many of the composer’s best-loved pieces, including the ‘Enigma’ Variations and Sea Pictures, and weaving them into a musical manifesto for the power of art.
The concert also includes Vaughan Williams’s luminous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra and Hugh Wood’s lyrical setting of scenes from Milton’s pastoral masque Comus.