Proms Prompter - Week 8


With the historic Last Night of the Proms coming up next Saturday (9th), what’s left to look forward to in the final week of the 2017 Proms season? Susan Omand gives you some final Proms Prompters...

More Mahler in the final full week of this glorious season of the Proms and it’s difficult to believe it’s nearly all over bar the traditional bobbing up and down at the Last Night. But it’s to another M for my first recommendation for this week and Mendelssohn, as the beautifully evocative Fingal’s Cave (the Hebridean Overture) is part of Sunday’s Prom. Next on the list is Wednesday Prom, which may at first glance be seen as a bit of a downer with all the funereal titles but the music is superb and I am interested to hear the "lost" Stravinsky. Last recommendation to round off 8 weeks of wonderful music is some "proper classical piano" with Bach's Well Tempered Clavier on Thursday - and a laugh at the fact that we're only getting book one this time and will have to wait til next year to hear the second part. That's one hell of an interval!

Here's the Prelude in C Major (yes you do know it - especially if you watched The Mentalist)



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 this week (Saturday 2nd to Friday 8th September)

Saturday 2 September 2017

HAYDN AND MAHLER

For their second concert, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti pair two of the repertoire’s sunniest symphonies: Mahler’s song-filled Fourth and Haydn’s ebullient No. 82, nicknamed ‘The Bear’.

Programme

Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 82 in C major, 'The Bear'(26 mins)

INTERVAL

Gustav Mahler Symphony No 4 in G major(56 mins)


Sunday 3 September 2017

FREIBURG BAROQUE ORCHESTRA AND PABLO HERAS-CASADO

Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring authentic colour to some of Mendelssohn’s best-loved works, including the overture The Hebrides and the Fifth Symphony. Isabelle Faust is the soloist for the lyrical Violin Concerto.

Programme

Felix Mendelssohn Overture 'The Hebrides' ('Fingal's Cave')(10 mins)
Violin Concerto in E minor(27 mins)

INTERVAL

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No 5 in D major 'Reformation'(27 mins)


Sunday 3 September 2017

PROKOFIEV, TCHAIKOVSKY AND SHOSTAKOVICH

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with performances of Prokofiev’s extravagant October Revolution cantata and Shostakovich’s darkly evocative Fifth Symphony.

Programme

Sergei Prokofiev Cantata for the Twentieth Anniversary of the October Revolution, Op 74(39 mins)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major(16 mins)

INTERVAL

Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 5 in D minor(49 mins)


Monday 4 September 2017

ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER PLAYS DVORÁK’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck perform Mahler’s First Symphony, a work charged with all the narrative energy of a tone-poem, and John Adams’s joyous Lollapalooza. Anne-Sophie Mutter is the soloist in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.

Programme

John Adams Lollapalooza(7 mins)
Antonín Dvořák Violin Concerto in A minor(33 mins)

INTERVAL

Gustav Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major(56 mins)


Tuesday 5 September 2017

MISSY MAZZOLI, BARTÓK AND DVORÁK (Televised on 8th September on BBC Four)

American pianist Jeremy Denk joins Karina Canellakis and the BBC SO for Bartók’s ferociously brilliant Second Piano Concerto – a contrast to the pastoral beauty of Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. The concert opens with Missy Mazzoli’s mesmeric Sinfonia.

Programme

Missy Mazzoli Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)(12 mins)European premiere of orchestral version
Béla Bartók Piano Concerto No 2(30 mins)

INTERVAL

Anton ín Dvořák Symphony No 8 in G major(36 mins)


Wednesday 6 September 2017

STRAVINSKY, BRITTEN, PROKOFIEV AND SHOSTAKOVICH

The LPO marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution with Prokofiev’s ‘Mendelssohnian’ First Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, lost for over a century and rediscovered in 2015, opens the concert.

Programme

Igor Stravinsky Funeral Song(12 mins)
Song of the Volga Boatmen(2 mins)
Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major(22 mins)

INTERVAL

Benjamin Britten Russian Funeral(7 mins)
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No 11 in G minor 'The Year 1905'(65 mins)


Thursday 7 September 2017

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC – MAHLER’S SIXTH SYMPHONY

Daniel Harding conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in this most powerful of Romantic symphonies, Mahler’s Sixth, dark with musical storm clouds, which builds gradually to a shattering climax.

Programme

Gustav Mahler Symphony No 6 in A minor


Thursday 7 September 2017

SIR ANDRÁS SCHIFF PERFORMS BACH’S THE WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER (Televised live on BBC Four)

The two volumes of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier together represent a wealth of musical invention, ingenuity and delight. Eminent Bach-specialist Sir András Schiff here performs Book I – concluding the cycle next year with Book 2.

Programme

Johann Sebastian Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier – Book 1(111 mins)


Friday 8 September 2017

VIENNA PHILHARMONIC – BRAHMS, MOZART AND BEETHOVEN

Pianist Emanuel Ax joins the Vienna Philharmonic for its second Prom this season, under Michael Tilson Thomas. Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony sits alongside Brahms’s ‘Haydn’ Variations and the quasi-operatic lyricism of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14.

Programme

Johannes Brahms Variations on the St Anthony Chorale(18 mins)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No 14 in E flat major, K449(23 mins)

INTERVAL

Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A major(40 mins)