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Events Tag: bbc proms

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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New Enigma variations at BBC Proms

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Categories: Concerts, Festivals, New Work, Women musicians
Tags: bbc proms, enigma variations, nadine benjamin

Tuesday 13th August at 7.00pm, Royal Albert Hall, London
Nadine Benjamin

Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.

Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.
 
 
Programme

Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. c30’
New ‘Enigma’ variations by Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Brett Dean, Dai Fujikura, Wim Henderickx, Colin Matthews, Anthony Payne, John Pickard, David Sawer, Iris ter Schiphorst and Judith Weir
BBC commission: world premiere

Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music 13’
Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1938

– interval –

Brahms
Song of Destiny 18’

Elgar
‘Enigma’ Variations 29’

Nadine Benjamin soprano
Idunnu Munch mezzo-soprano
William Morgan tenor
David Ireland bass-baritone

ENO Chorus
BBC Singers
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor

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