BBC Proms | Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra

Friday 5 August 2022, 7.30
Royal Albert Hall, London

Julian ANDERSON: Symphony No. 2 "Prague Panoramas" (BBC co-commission: world premiere of complete symphony)
Bohuslav MARTINŮ: Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H 292
Sergey RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances, op. 45

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semjon Byčkov (conductor)
Katia & Marielle Labèque (pianos)

Distance and enchantment: whenever Julian Anderson creates a new work, we’re in for a musical experience that ruffles through memories as it ravishes the ears. His keenly awaited Second Symphony takes its cue from old photographs of Prague: a city dear to conductor Semyon Bychkov, and to the exiled Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů, whose exuberant double concerto falls into the hands of sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque. As for Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances – well, it’s been described as a secret ballet score, a concerto for orchestra and a symphony by any other name. But every note glows with the sorrow of exile, and the undimmed energy of a composer whose inspiration burned fiercer than ever in this last, bittersweet masterpiece.

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