Today at the Proms - Proms 25 & 26


Continuing our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2018, Susan Omand has a quick look at the programme for Prom 25: Tchaikovsky, Glinka & Joby Talbot and Prom 26: Late Night Serpent and Fire ...

From flighty fairies to majestic queens over tonight's two proms. In the early slot we dance from Spain (Glinka) to Russia (Tchaikovsky) via a new Ink Dark Moon in another World premiere. Although I must admit that the Nutcracker has become, for me, too synonymous with Christmas to be enjoyable now.

But it's the late night prom that has captured my attention tonight and a superb mix of arias and excerpts in a concert by Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska and period ensemble Il Giardino Armonico. Cleopatra and Queen Dido (no not pop charts Dido) are the focus and we get everything from Handel to Hasse and Castello to Cavalli.

In the video below, Prohaska talks about some of the works she will perform tonight, likening them to heavy metal! Well, we'll see...





Here's the full programme for this evening's Prom which you can listen to live on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer

Prom 25 - 19:00


Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Summer Night in Madrid (Spanish Overture No 2)(10 mins)

Joby Talbot
Ink Dark Moon for guitar and orchestra(25 mins)BBC commission: world premiere

INTERVAL

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker – Act 1(40 mins)


Prom 26 - 22:15


Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas(15 mins)excerpts
The Fairy Queen – Chaconne: Dance for Chinese Man and Woman(3 mins)Dance for Chinese Man and Woman

Christoph Graupner
Dido, Queen of Carthage(8 mins)excerpts

Antonio Sartorio
Julius Caesar in Egypt(3 mins)excerpts

Matthew Locke
The Tempest – Curtain Tune(5 mins)

George Frideric Handel
Julius Caesar in Egypt – ‘Che sento? Oh Dio! … Se pietà di me non senti’(8 mins)

Dario Castello
Sonata No. 15 in D minor(5 mins)

Francesco Cavalli
Dido – 'Rè de' Getuli altero … Il mio marito'(3 mins)

Johann Adolf Hasse
Mark Antony and Cleopatra – ‘Morte col fiero aspetto’(4 mins)

George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso in C minor, Op. 6 No. 8(15 mins)


Image - Photo © Chris Christodoulou