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Jessye Norman at the 2000 BBC Proms

Jessye Norman sings woman.life.song, a song-cycle written for her by Judith Weir, and Schoenberg's Cabaret Songs at the Proms in 2000.

In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts and tonight Andrew McGregor presents a very special concert centred around legendary soprano Jessye Norman.

Stravinsky: Concerto in E flat major, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’
Judith Weir: woman.life.song
Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Schoenberg: 6 Brettl Lieder

Jessye Norman (soprano)
Helen Tunstall (harp)
Mark Markham (piano)
London Sinfonietta
David Robertson (conductor)

(From BBC Proms 2000, 6 August)

BBC Proms: One of the greatest voices of the 20th century, Jessye Norman made a rare London appearance in the Prom in 2000, when she gave the first UK performance of Judith Weir’s song-cycle commissioned for her by Carnegie Hall. This major addition to the repertoire sets specially written texts by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Clarissa Ping Estés depicting a woman’s life through youth, middle age and maturity.

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1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Concerto in E flat (Dumbarton Oaks)

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Robertson.
  • Judith Weir

    woman.life.song

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Robertson. Singer: Jessye Norman.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and allegro

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Robertson.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Cabaret songs [6 Brettl-Lieder]

    Performer: Mark Markham. Singer: Jessye Norman.
  • Richard Strauss

    8 Lieder aus Letzte Blatter i Zueignung

    Performer: Mark Markham. Singer: Jessye Norman.

woman.life.song

The full text of Judith Weir's woman.life.song by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and Clarissa Estés is here:
https://www.wisemusicclassical.com/work/2764/womanlifesong--Judith-Weir/

Broadcast

  • Sun 6 Sep 2020 21:15

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