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BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers

A mathematical form, an expansive symphony, a masterful arrangement and a musical memorial launch a week of concerts by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers. With Penny Gore

Emily Howard's music embraces a diverse range of influences from science, maths, philosophy and poetry, and she's used concepts from the world of mathematics in the shape and structure of her piece "Torus". A torus is a whole with a hole: it is often described as doughnut-shaped, a squashed and stretched ball held together with a central void. In it, the music is as much about absence as presence. It was commissioned for the 2016 BBC Proms seasons and this performance was recorded at London's Barbican Hall by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Martyn Brabbins. Radio 3 New Generation Artist Elena Urisote then joins the orchestra for Vaughan Williams' concerto in all but name, The Lark Ascending, and we'll hear the first of 3 Vaughan Williams symphonies conducted by Brabbins this week - we'll hear the 5th today, the 4th tomorrow and the 3rd on Thursday. Later in the afternoon, highlights from a concert the BBC Singers gave in the fine acoustics of St Giles Cripplegate including Mahler's own arrangement of the Adagietto from his 5th Symphony, and we round off with Ravel's musical memorial to his compatriot François Couperin.
Presented by Penny Gore.

2pm
Emily Howard: Torus
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5
Elena Urisote (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

c.3.15pm
Brahms: Fest- und Gedenkspruche Op.109
Mahler arr. Clytus Gottwald: Im Abendrot (Adagietto from Symphony No. 5)
BBC Singers
Anna Tilbrook (piano)
James O’Donnell (conductor)

c.4pm
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)

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2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Emily Howard

    Torus

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Elena Urioste. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony no. 5 in D major

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Rückert-Lieder

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Conductor: James OʼDonnell. Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Fest- Und Gedenksprüche

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Conductor: James OʼDonnell. Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Im Abendrot (Adagietto aus der 5. Sinfonie)

    Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Conductor: James OʼDonnell. Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.

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