Friday July 13th
The First Night of the Proms
Time: 7.30pm – c9.50pm (230 pm EDT)
Broadcast on BBC TWO. Elgar’s Cello Concerto recorded for broadcast on BBC ONE.
Live on BBC Radio 3. Available as audio on demand for the following week.
Launching our celebration of Proms Firsts – premieres given at the Proms since the BBC became associated with them 80 years ago – Walton’s roistering Portsmouth Point overture (given its London premiere at the BBC’s first Proms season in 1927) is the prelude to Elgar’s timeless Cello Concerto, in the year of his 150th anniversary. Beethoven’s life-affirming ‘Choral’ Symphony was unheard last year owing to fire at the Royal Albert Hall, and so makes a historic first appearance at a First Night, as well as being heard again with contrasting forces later in the season (see Prom 62).
Walton Overture ‘Portsmouth Point’ (6 mins)
Elgar Concerto for Cello in E minor (28 mins)
Beethoven Symphony No.9 in D minor, ‘Choral’ (70 mins)
Paul Watkins cello
Maria Haan soprano
Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves tenor
René Pape bass
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jir(í Be(lohlávek conductor