Composer: Sir Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, Frederick Delius, Oliver Knussen, Michael Tippett, Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir William Walton
Performer: Paul Watkins, Leila Josefowicz, Christian Poltera, Philip Dukes, Daniel Hope
Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek, Oliver Knussen, Sir Andrew Davis, Stephen Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus
By and large, the musical landscape of the mid-to-late 1980s, at least in the rock world, was pretty barren, but hardy souls like Green on Red, the Long Ryders, and Jason & the Scorchers provided a valuable bright spot with their punk-informed country rock. BBC SESSIONS captures Green on Red live in the studio, recorded at various points between 1989 and 1992…
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony with their new music director, 30-year-old Lithuanian Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. Mozart's overture to The Magic Flute and a new piece by Hans Abrahamsen also feature in this broadcast presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler's mighty Symphony no 7. Closely associated with both live performances and recordings of the Mahler symphonies throughout his career, Rattle steers the world-leading orchestra through the intense drama of this huge and complex but emotionally powerful orchestral work, marshalling unconventional instruments including cowbells, mandolin and guitar.
From the Royal Albert Hall, Daniel Barenboim returns to the Proms with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the celebrated ensemble of young Arabs and Israelis. Following his highly acclaimed Proms performance of Wagner's Ring in 2013, Barenboim conducts two Wagner overtures - Tannhauser and The Mastersingers of Nuremberg - alongside music from Gotterdammerung. The great pianist Martha Argerich is the soloist in Liszt's Piano Concerto No 1 and the programme also includes Jorg Widmann's lively Con Brio.
From the pastoral landscapes of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 to the vibrant folk scenes of Strauss’ sound-poem Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Dvořak’s Violin Concerto, this Prom takes a vivid journey across Central Europe. At the BBC Proms 2014, the world’s largest classical music festival, David Zinman appeared in his final concert as chief conductor of Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, stepping down after almost 20 years.
Günter Wand's Indian summer is surprisingly well documented on DVD. This Bruckner 5 from the Proms follows similar video releases of the 6 th, 8 th and 9 th Symphonies from the same period with the NDR Sinfonieorchester. Wand's conducting technique, and the aura that he projects from the podium, make each of these well worth watching. Even from audio-only recordings, it is clear that Wand was a living embodiment of Bruckner's art. That impression is all the stronger for actually seeing him at work…