Proms Prompter - Week 7


What’s coming up in week seven of the 2017 Proms season? Susan Omand gives you some Proms Prompters...

Penultimate week of the Proms coming up and the first thing that catches my eye is the Leonard Bernstein on Sunday. The On the Waterfront suite is highly listenable and, coupled with Copeland, should make for a good pre-interval hour. Not sure about putting Tchaikovsky with it after the interval though but we’ll see. The debut of Chineke! could also be interesting – a nice “pick n mix” of old and new music and it’s always good to see a new orchestra getting its break. Finally, Tuesday is a must watch with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite heading up a strong proms with Rachmaninov and Shostakovitch showcasing early 20th century classical music at its best.



As well as the televised concerts, every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and HD Sound online, so “people in countries all over the world can tune in and have 'the best seat in the house’”. They’ll also be available to download on the Radio 3 app and you’ll find any you missed on iPlayer.

Here’s the full list of what’s on where this week (Saturday 26th August to Friday 1st September)

Saturday 26 August 2017

THE BOHEMIAN REFORMATION

Rising star conductor Jakub Hrůša presents an all-Czech concert with the BBC SO and the BBC Singers. Smetana’s evocative tone-poem Ma vlast sits alongside Martinů’s Field Mass and Suk’s Prague. This is music of protest, anger and national pride.

Programme

Unknown Hussite Chorale 'Ktož jsú Boži bojovníci' (You Who Are Warriors of God)(2 mins)

Bedrich Smetana Má vlast – Tábor and Má vlast – Blaník
Bohuslav Martinu Field Mass(26 mins)

INTERVAL

Antonín Dvořák Hussite Overture(14 mins)
Leos Janáček The Excursions of Mr Brouček – Song of the Hussites(4 mins)
Josef Suk Prague(25 mins)


Sunday 27 August 2017

SWING NO END (Televised on 1st September on BBC Four)

Singer and broadcaster Clare Teal and bandleaders Guy Barker and Winston Rollins take the audience on a journey through the irrepressible big band music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and others.


Sunday 27 August 2017

CINCINNATI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND LOUIS LANGRÉE

This Proms debut performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra opens with Bernstein’s On The Waterfront. Copland’s Lincoln Portrait pays homage to one of the nation’s heroes, while Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 offers a statement of nationalism.

Programme

Leonard Bernstein On the Waterfront – symphonic suite(22 mins)
Aaron Copland Lincoln Portrait(15 mins)

INTERVAL

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E minor(45 mins)


Monday 28 August 2017

MOZART – LA CLEMENZA DI TITO

Love and ambition collide in Mozart’s politically charged opera La clemenza di Tito, among the finest of Mozart’s mature works. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote (Vitellia) leads an all-star Glyndebourne cast under Music Director Robin Ticciati.

Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La clemenza di Tito, K 621(132 mins)(semi-staged; sung in Italian)


Tuesday 29 August 2017

STRAVINSKY, RACHMANINOV AND SHOSTAKOVICH

Vasily Petrenko conducts the Oslo Philharmonic in an all-Russian programme, featuring Stravinsky’s The Firebird suite, Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto with Leif Ove Andsnes as soloist and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12.

Programme

Igor Stravinsky The Firebird – suite (revised version, 1919)(21 mins)
Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 4 in G minor(24 mins)(revised version, 1941)

INTERVAL

Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 12 in D minor 'The Year 1917'(41 mins)


Wednesday 30 August 2017

RENÉE FLEMING SINGS STRAUSS

Renée Fleming joins regular collaborators Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for music by Barber and Strauss. The orchestra also performs Nielsen’s Second Symphony and Andrea Tarrodi’s musical ‘walking tour’ Liguria.

Programme

Andrea Tarrodi Liguria(12 mins)UK premiere
Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op 24(16 mins)

INTERVAL

Richard Strauss Daphne – Transformation Scene, 'Ich komme – ich komme'(11 mins)
Carl Nielsen Symphony No 2 'The Four Temperaments'(33 mins)


Wednesday 30 August 2017

CHINEKE! (Televised on 8th September on BBC Four)

The UK’s first BME (black and minority ethnic) orchestra, Chineke!, makes its Proms debut. 2016 BBC Young Musician winner, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, is the soloist, and the concert also includes works by composers George Walker and Hannah Kendall.

Programme

Hannah Kendall The Spark Catchers(10 mins)BBC commission: world premiere
Antonín Dvořák Rondo in G minor, Op 94(7 mins)
David Popper Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68(10 mins)orch M. Schlegel
George Walker Lyric for Strings(6 mins)
George Frideric Handel Julius Caesar – 'Da tempeste il legno infranto'(6 mins)
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint‐Georges Au penchant qui nous entrâine(4 mins)orch Mauricio Rodriguez
George Frideric Handel Messiah – 'Rejoice greatly'(5 mins)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol, Op 34(16 mins)


Thursday 31 August 2017

TANEYEV, RACHMANINOV AND TCHAIKOVSKY

Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC SO in an all-Russian Prom that climaxes with Tchaikovsky’s Manfred. Kirill Gerstein is the soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1, whose beauty is a natural companion to Taneyev’s brooding Oresteia overture.

Programme

Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev Overture 'The Oresteia'(19 mins)
Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 1 in F sharp minor(27 mins)

INTERVAL

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Manfred(61 mins)


Friday 1 September 2017

ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA AND DANIELE GATTI

Amsterdam’s mighty Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra returns to the Proms for the first time in almost a decade, under Chief Conductor Daniele Gatti. They pair Bruckner Ninth Symphony with Wolfgang Rihm’s In-Schrift.

Programme

Wolfgang Rihm In-Schrift(17 mins)

INTERVAL

Anton Bruckner Symphony No 9 in D minor(65 mins)


Friday 1 September 2017

STAX RECORDS, 50 YEARS OF SOUL (Televised live on BBC Four)

Founded in 1957, Stax Records was synonymous with Southern Soul music. Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra pay tribute to this pioneering label in a concert featuring hits from Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Johnnie Taylo

Original Image - © David Iliff, Royal Albert Hall