Proms Prompter - Week 5

What’s coming up in week five of the 2017 Proms season? Susan Omand gives you some Proms Prompters...

Week five sees much Mahler on the programme and my first must see must be Saturday’s pairing of Mahler with Schubert’s Unfinished as I think that’s a mix that’s going to work very well. From the darkness into the light and my second pointer is to the Sunday binge-watch of Rachmaninov as his work totally takes over the schedules for Sunday. Of these, you have to listen to his All Night Vigil (but don’t worry, it’s not on all night, only for an hour.)

My final recommendation is more of a recommendation to myself because it’s something I know nothing at all about so it’s going to be my “pot luck pick” of the Proms. And that’s the Bang on a Can All-stars on Thursday. I tried to find out a little by going digging on t’interwebs – they’re apparently a New York concert performance orchestra with attitude – and, if this example is anything to go by, we’re in for an interesting evening!

As well as the televised concerts, every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and HD Sound online, so “people in countries all over the world can tune in and have 'the best seat in the house’”. They’ll also be available to download on the Radio 3 app and you’ll find any you missed on iPlayer.

Here’s the full list of what’s on where this week (Saturday 12th to Friday 18th August)

Saturday 12 August 2017


How do you solve a problem like an unfinished symphony? The BBC SSO and Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard offer answers in a programme that pairs Schubert’s Eighth Symphony with Mahler’s 10th, performed here in the performing version by Deryck Cooke.


Franz Schubert Symphony No 8 in B minor 'Unfinished'(26 mins)


Gustav Mahler Symphony No 10 in F sharp minor (performing version by Deryck Cooke)(74 mins)

Sunday 13 August 2017

RACHMANINOV – PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 (Televised live on BBC Four)

A night dedicated to Rachmaninov opens with two of the composer’s greatest works. Alexander Gavrylyuk is the soloist for the impossibly demanding Third Piano Concerto, while the BBC SSO steps into the spotlight for the mercurial Second Symphony.


Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor(41 mins)


Sergei Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 in E minor(60 mins)

Sunday 13 August 2017


The Latvian Radio Choir performs a work hailed as ‘the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church’. Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) is also one of the loveliest works of any faith – a profoundly moving statement of belief.


Sergei Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (Vespers)(63 mins)

Monday 14 August 2017


In a Prom of wide-ranging emotions Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, gives way to Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Hibiki is a sequence of threnodies offering solace after loss. Kazushi Ono conducts the BBC SO.


Claude Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune(10 mins)

Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G major(22 mins)


Mark-Anthony Turnage Hibiki(50 mins)European premiere

Tuesday 15 August 2017


Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra perform Schumann’s Third Symphony – the climax of a Prom also including Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Thomas Larcher’s Nocturne – Insomnia. Christian Tetzlaff is the soloist in Berg’s Violin Concerto.


Johannes Brahms Tragic Overture(14 mins)

Alban Berg Violin Concerto(27 mins)


Thomas Larcher Nocturne – Insomnia(15 mins)UK premiere

Robert Schumann Symphony No 3 in E flat major 'Rhenish'(32 mins)

Tuesday 15 August 2017

PHILIP GLASS AND RAVI SHANKAR (Televised on 18th August on BBC Four)

Blending Glass’s American Minimalism with traditional Hindustani classical music, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar joins the Britten Sinfonia for the first complete live performance of Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s 1964 concept album Passages.


Philip Glass, Ravi Shankar Passages(65 mins)(first complete live performance)

Wednesday 16 August 2017


François Xavier-Roth and Les Siècles present a programme inspired by the East, from the fragrant Indian gardens of Delibes’s Lakmé to the sensual charge of a Bacchanal. Cédric Tiberghien is the soloist for Saint-Saëns’s ‘Egyptian’ Piano Concerto.


Camille Saint‐Saëns La princesse jaune – overture(7 mins)

Léo Delibes Lakmé – ballet music(6 mins)

Camille Saint‐Saëns Piano Concerto No 5 in F major, 'Egyptian'(25 mins)


César Franck Les Djinns(12 mins)

Édouard Lalo Namouna – Suite No. 1

Namouna – Suite No. 2(22 mins)

Camille Saint‐Saëns Samson and Delilah – Bacchanal(8 mins)

Thursday 17 August 2017


Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra take us on a colourful journey through Spain. In his ballet El amor brujo, Falla captured the essence of his homeland, while Joshua Bell is the soloist for Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole.


Manuel de Falla El amor brujo(24 mins)

Édouard Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op 21(34 mins)


Camille Saint‐Saëns Symphony No 3 in C minor, 'Organ'(36 mins)

Thursday 17 August 2017


Expect everything from avant-garde Minimalism to rock and funk in this 30th-birthday concert by American music pioneers Bang on a Can, who perform works by Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass and others alongside a world premiere by Michael Gordon.


Michael Gordon Big Space(15 mins)BBC commission: world premiere

David Lang Sunray(12 mins)London premiere

Julia Wolfe Big Beautiful Dark and Scary(9 mins)London premiere

Philip Glass Glassworks – Closing(6 mins)

Louis Andriessen Workers Union(17 mins)

Friday 18 August 2017


The BBC SO and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo are joined by soloists Elizabeth Watts and Elisabeth Kulman in addition to the combined forces of the BBC Symphony Chorus and The Bach Choir as they perform Mahler’s epic ‘Resurrection’ Symphony.


Gustav Mahler Symphony No 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'(85 mins)

Original Image - © David Iliff, Royal Albert Hall
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