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BBC Proms: China Philharmonic Plays Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky

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WQXR brings you the first in a series of performances from the 2014 BBC Proms festival in London. The concert features the Proms debut of the China Philharmonic, led by its artistic director Long Yu.

The substantial program includes several symphonic favorites: Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel's orchestration, and Liszt's First Piano Concerto featuring the young soloist Haochen Zhang. The one contemporary piece is Joie Eternelle, a set of variations on a traditional Chinese melody for trumpet and orchestra, written for Alison Balsom by Qigang Chen, Shanghai-born, Paris-based composer and a student of Messiaen.

Program Details:

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major
Tchaikovsky: Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major


Qigang Chen: Joie éternelle
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Maurice Ravel)

Liu Tian Hua: Wonderful Night
China Philharmonic Orchestra (Arr. Beethoven): Variations on God Save the Queen

  • Haochen Zhang piano, Proms debut artist
  • Alison Balsom trumpet
  • China Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Long Yu conductor, Proms debut artist