August 13-20: Tchaikovsky, Cage and Vaughan Williams
Monday, August 13, 2012
Not all of the excitement in London ended when the Olympic torch was extinguished. The BBC Proms continues with another busy week of concerts. This week's lineup features something for everyone.
Founded in 1895, and billed as world’s biggest music festival, the Proms runs through Sept. 8 at the Royal Albert Hall and other nearby London venues. It includes over 70 concerts, encompassing a wide range of symphonic and operatic music. The festival features performers from all over the globe, focusing especially on British musicians.
WQXR.org is your passport to London, with an audio stream of the daily Proms concerts.
Monday, August 13
8:00 am EDT: Bach, Korngold and Brahms
The popular young Scottish violinist makes a Proms appearance with Bach's Chaconne for solo violin. The program also includes Korngold's arrangements of music from his opera Die Tote Stadt, and concludes with Brahm's Piano Trio No. 3. Benedetti is joined by pianist Alexei Grynyuk and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.
2:30 pm EDT: Prokofiev, Neuwirth and Bartok
Susanna Mälkki conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra in a program of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet Suite, the UK premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Remnants of Song...an Amphigony and Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra. Violist Lawrence Power joins the orchestra for a solo in Neuwirth's work.
Tuesday, August 14
2:00 pm EDT: Delius, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky
Young piano sensation Benjamin Grosvenor returns to the Proms to perform Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit. Preceding it on the program is Delius' Paris (The Song of a Great City), and the concert ends with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
5:15 pm EDT: London Sinfonietta
André Ridder conducts the ensemble in a program of contemporary music that includes works by Ligeti, Berio and Andriessen. The concert will end with Cage's groundbreaking 4'33.
Wednesday, August 15
2:30 pm EDT: São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop leads the orchestra in a packed program including music from both North and South America: Dvorak's "New World" Symphony and Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, as well as music by Joan Tower, Villa-Lobos and Ginastera.
Thursday, August 16
2:30 pm EDT: Vaughan Williams
Andrew Manze conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony in three of the British composer's symphonies, Nos. 4, 5 and 6.
Friday, August 17
2:45 pm EDT: Cage Centenary Celebration
Ilan Volkov conducts a in a program he curated to mark the centenary of Cage's birth, which includes his Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, 101, Branches and others.
Saturday, August 18
10:00 am EDT: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer, counter-tenor Andrew Watts, pianist Huw Watkins and the London Sinfonietta Voices join the Contemporary Music Group in an unusual program including a reflection on Bach by Alexander Goehr, two pieces about Ophelia by Oliver Knussen and the world premiere of Simon Bainbridge's The Garden of Earthly Delights. Nicholas Collon conducts.
2:30 pm EDT: Weber, Mahler and Tchaikovsky
Alice Coote joins conductor Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic in a dramatic program featuring Weber's Der Freischütz Overture, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Tchaikovsky's Manfred, a cross between tone-poem and symphony based on the poem by Lord Byron.
Sunday, August 19
2:30 pm EDT: Gilbert & Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard
In this semi-staged production of the Gilbert and Sullivan hit, Jane Glover conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra, which joins the BBC Singers and an impressive cast.