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August Premieres – Philip Venables

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Categories: Broadcasts, Concerts, New Work
Tags: bbc proms, bbc symphony orchestra, philip venables

Friday 17th August at 7.30pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
philip venables
Prom 47: Elgar, Prokofiev and Venables

Edward Elgar
Introduction and Allegro(14 mins)
Philip Venables
Béla Bartók
Venables Plays BartokBBC commission: world premiere
interval
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 5 in B flat major(44 mins)

 
Maverick Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto made a memorable Proms debut in 2016. Now he returns to premiere a new violin concerto written especially for him by award-winning young British composer Philip Venables.

The piece grows out of a recording the composer found of himself as a teenager playing one of Bartok’s Hungarian Sketches to his teacher’s teacher, Rudolf Botta, a Hungarian refugee – and the journey that ensued.

The concerto is framed by two works suffused with sunny optimism – Elgar’s lovely Introduction and Allegro for strings and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, a piece that rejoices in ‘the strength and beauty of the human spirit’.

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