Last Night of the BBC Proms 2015

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Danielle de Niese sings a gypsy-themed piece at the Last Night of the Proms Danielle de Niese sings a gypsy-themed piece at the Last Night of the Proms (BBC)

For the Last Night of the BBC proms, the BBC Orchestra and BBC Chorus perform under conductor Marin Alsop and are joined by many guest performers.

As the grand finale of the eight-week festival, the Last Night of the Proms is an event unlike any other in classical music. This celebration at Royal Albert Hall will feature favorites for any Anglophile’s heart, such as “Rule Brittania” and “God Save the Queen.” Soloists include the young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, soprano Danielle de Niese and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann. The BBC Singers will also be performing.

There will also be some of the more colorful moments of the event. After singing arias by Puccini and Lehár, Kaufmann was rewarded by Royal Albert Hall fans with at least two pairs of lacy women's underwear and one of boxer shorts. 

Alsop, who in 2013 became the first woman to conduct the Last Night in its 118-year history, returns for this performance, recorded on Sept. 12.

Other pieces to look out for on this Last Night are the world premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s Arise, Athena! (which will start off the celebration), “Love Walked in” by Gershwin and a Sound of Music medley (yes, you read that correctly).

Eleanor Alberga - Arise, Athena! (BBC commission: world premiere)
Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major
Arvo Pärt - Credo
R. Strauss - Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
Puccini – Tosca “Recondita Armonia”
Puccini – Manon Lescaut “Donna Non Vidi Mai”
Puccini – Turandot “Nessun Dorma”
Johnson - Victory Stride
Copland - Old American Songs “I bought me a cat”
Grieg - Peer Gynt “Morning”
Gershwin, arr. Grainger – “Love walked in”
M. Gould - Boogie Woogie Étude
Délibes – Les Filles de Cadix
Lehár - The Land of Smiles “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”
Rodgers, arr. C. Hazell - The Sound of Music medley
Wood - Fantasia on British Sea-Songs “Jack’s the Lad (Hornpipe)” & “Home, Sweet Home”
Arne, arr. Sargent – Rule, Britannia!
Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major (Land of Hope and Glory)
Parry, orch. Elgar – Jerusalem
Traditional, arr. Britten - The National Anthem
Traditonal, arr. Thorpe Davie - Auld Lang Syne 

Benjamin Grosvenor - piano
Danielle de Niese - soprano
Jonas Kaufmann – tenor
BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop - conductor

Watch Marin Alsop's Last Night Speech:

Below: Some Twitter messages from the Last Night:

Comments [1]


Loving it, but, out of curiosity, why is the actual order of performance of the announced pieces out of order from what WQXR has listed?

I've always appreciated Marin Alsop, but tonight's performance is really truly impressive. As are her closing comments.

Sep. 19 2015 11:20 PM

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