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American Dreams

A Prom with an American focus in which Ryan Bancroft and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales feature influences of jazz alongside Barber, Copland, and a new work by Gavin Higgins

California-born Ryan Bancroft makes his debut as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and at the Proms, with this programme which has a focus on America and its music. Martinů’s Jazz Suite perfectly complements John Adams’s Chamber Symphony; the sound-world of which arose for the composer when he viewed his study of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony through the lens of cartoon music coming from the next room. An exciting new commission by British composer Gavin Higgins entitled Rough Voices follows, before two American classics: Barber’s nostalgic evocation of a balmy Tennessee night and Copland’s exhilarating ballet suite inspired by early-19th-century pioneer settlers in Pennsylvania, in its less-heard original chamber version.

7.30pm Martinů: Jazz Suite
Adams: Chamber Symphony
Higgins: Rough Voices
Barber: Knoxville - Summer of 1915
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Ryan Bancroft (conductor)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Natalya Romaniw (soprano)

2 hours, 29 minutes

Music Played

  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Jazz Suite

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • John Adams

    Chamber Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Gavin Higgins

    Rough Voices

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Samuel Barber

    Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op 24

    Performer: Natalya Romaniw. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring (suite for 13 instruments)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No 4 in F minor, Op 36

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Chopin, Liszt, Ravel: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • Decca.
    • 4.

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Broadcast

  • Tue 8 Sep 2020 19:30

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