Today at the Proms - Prom 28

Continuing our daily coverage of what's on at The Proms 2018, Susan Omand has a quick look at the programme for Prom 28: Mussorgsky, Ligeti and Debussy ...

From the mountains to the sea today. One of my favourite pieces of classical music kicks off tonight's prom with Mussorgsky's A Night on the Bare Mountain. If you've ever watched the original Disney Fantasia this is the music that gave you nightmares - it's quite brilliant. We hit the other end of the spectrum at the other end of the concert with the relaxing sounds of the sea in Debussy's La Mer. In between, we have a couple of composers I don't know with Benjamin and Ligeti, so that will be interesting, and a fascinating piece from Ravel called Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

The thing with the Ravel piece that lifts it above the norm is that, as the name suggests, it is really is played with only the left hand on the piano! I couldn't even play it with two! Tonight's soloist is Tamara Stefanovich with the National Youth Orchestra but watch one of the masters of the piece at work in this short excerpt from a concert by Leon Fliesher.

Here's the full programme for this evening's Prom which you can listen to live from 19:30 on Radio 3 or on the iPlayer

Modest Mussorgsky
A Night on the Bare Mountain (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov)(12 mins)

George Benjamin
Dance Figures(16 mins)

Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand(19 mins)


György Ligeti
Lontano(12 mins)

Claude Debussy
La mer(23 mins)

Image - Photo © Chris Christodoulou
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