Proms: BBC Philharmonic Plays Casella, Chopin, Franck & Saint-Saëns
Friday, August 15, 2014
The BBC Philharmonic and its conductor laureate, Gianandrea Noseda, appear at the BBC Proms, in works by Casella, Chopin, Franck and Saint-Saëns. The orchestra is joined by the young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.
Casella's powerful Heroic Elegy, dedicated to the "unknown soldier," opens the concert and continues this year's Proms series of works written in the shadow of the First World War. Rising young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the orchestra for Chopin's lyrical but virtuosic First Piano Concerto and, after the intermission, returns as soloist in Franck's Symphonic Variations. Saint-Saëns's thrilling journey from darkness to blazing light, the "Organ" Symphony, closes the program.
Presented by BBC Radio 3's Clemency Burton-Hill at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Casella: Elegia eroica
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Franck: Symphonic Variations
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, 'Organ', Op.78
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano)
David Goode (organ)
Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)