Big and meaty symphony week at the BBC Proms
There is a rare opportunity to hear Hartmann's 6th Symphony next week in the Prom concert on Thursday 11th August when it is conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. It is a good week for the late-romantics as the following evening (12th Aug) brings Nielsen's mighty 5th Symphony (one of my candidates for the greatest symphony of the 20th century) played by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. And the mainstream romantic repertoire is well represented by Elgar's Symphony No 1 on Saturday 6th August, with the National Youth Orchestra, plus Holst's The Planets (8th Aug), Elgar's Enigma Variations (9th Aug) and Bruckner's 6th Symphony (10th Aug). What a feast of symphonic masterpieces in one week, and you can listen in to every single concert on the BBC's webcasts.
Lots of new music as well with premieres from Paul Patterson and Bent Sorensen, shame about the drought of early music though.
Elgar, Symphony No 1: the annual Proms appearance by our National Youth Orchestra is always a highlight, this magnificent symphony with Tadaaki Otaka conducting should be unmissable. Saturday 6th August, 7.30h
Nielsen, Symphony No 5; Danish National Radio Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard should guarantee an authentic Danish performance, Friday 12th August, 19.30h
Patterson, Orchestra on Parade; London premiere ith National Youth Orchestra. Saturday 6th August, 19.30h.
Hartmann, Symphony No 6; Austro-Germanic symphony conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Thursday 11th august, 19.30h
Sorensen, Little Mermaid; world premiere of Hans Christian Andersen setting for soprano and tenor. Friday 12th August, 19.30h
All the concerts above are being broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, and are available as live web casts. Many of them are also available for seven days after broadcast on the BBC Listen Again service but some aren’t. Check BBC listings for which are available via ‘listen again’ but as a rule of thumb high profile orchestras and artists are usually too expensive for the BBC to buy repeat broadcast rights.
This is a personal, and fallible, selection of the week's concerts. The full weeks programmes are available through this link. Concerts start dates are given in British Summer Time using 24 hour clock (19.00h = 7.00pm) Convert these timings to your local time zone using this link
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