Your favorite summer entertainment is here: BBC Proms 2010. This Friday is Mahler Time, but Saturday and Sunday look promising as well with Wagner and Verdi – let the fun begin!
[Needless to say, for those of us not in the UK at the moment, the fun is made possible by BBC3 Radio]
Check out the concert guide here.
Launching our 150th-anniversary celebrations of Mahler’s birth, his ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ begins a weekend-long flourish of three towering works combining voices and orchestra.
Setting a hymn to the divine creative spark alongside an exaltation of the feminine spirit from Goethe’s Faust, Mahler created a work of unprecedented scale and impact. The BBC SO gave its UK premiere 80 years ago under Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood.
Tonight’s massed choirs lavish on it the force of over 400 adult and children’s voices.
- Mahler Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ (82 mins)
- There will be no interval
- Mardi Byers soprano
- Twyla Robinson soprano
- Malin Christensson soprano
- Stephanie Blythe mezzo-soprano
- Kelley O’Connor mezzo-soprano
- Stefan Vinke tenor
- Hanno Müller-Brachmann bass-baritone
- Tomasz Konieczny bass
- Choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral
- Choristers of Westminster Abbey
- Choristers of Westminster Cathedral
- BBC Symphony Chorus
- Crouch End Festival Chorus
- Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
- BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek conductor