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The BBC Singers in Poulenc's Figure humaine

The BBC Singers perform Poulenc's Figure humaine in a performance marking their premiere of this work 75 years ago. Also today, the evergreen Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers. Penny Gore presents recent performances by two of the world's most versatile performing groups. Today, the BBC Singers mark the 75th anniversary of their premiering of Poulenc's wartime 'Figure humaine.' This moving tribute to the human spirit sets poems by Paul Éluard secretly circulated during the Occupation. In this performance, the singers are joined by Misha Mullov-Abbado and his trio who improvise sensitively between the movements of Poulenc's masterpiece. Also today, Joseph Horovitz's classic 'Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo' and Vaughan Williams from the BBC Symphony Orchestra. And, to mark the centenary this year of Bernd Alois Zimmerman, star-trumpeter and recent Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Simon Höfele plays his Trumpet Concerto “Nobody knows de trouble I see.” Written in 1954 he said at the time that the use of the spiritual as passed down through the generations was inspired by "the struggle of people of colour in the USA to achieve equality and overcome endemic racial discrimination."

Poulenc: Figure humaine
BBC Singers, Sofi Jeannin (conductor) with Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass), John Scott (drums) Sam Leak (piano)

at approx. 2.40pm
Joseph Horovitz: Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo
BBC Singers, John Wilson (conductor)

at approx. 3.10pm
Emily Howard: Torus
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Tchaikovsky: Voyevoda - symphonic ballad Op.78
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Alpesh Chauhan (conductor)

Bernt Alois Zimmerman: Trumpet Concerto
Simon Höfele (trumpet)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor)

at approx. 4.20pm
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5 in D major
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    Figure humaine

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Sofi Jeannin.
  • Joseph Horovitz

    Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: John Wilson.
  • Emily Howard

    Torus

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Voyevoda - Symphonic Ballad Op.78

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alpesh Chauhan.
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann

    Trumpet Concerto 'Nobody knows de trouble I see'

    Performer: Simon Höfele. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No.5 in D

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.

Broadcast

  • Tue 14 Jul 2020 14:00