1 Aug 2017

BBC Proms 2017 - Week One

From Music Alive, 6:00 am on 1 August 2017
2017 BBC Proms

2017 BBC Proms Photo: BBC

BBC Proms 2017 begins by marking two significant birthdays for two very significant composers.  The First Night of the Proms includes 70 year old John Adams’ Harmonium, a work originally commissioned by the San Francisco Orchestra whose then conductor Edo de Waart (our NZSO’s current Music Director) asked for a choral symphony without solo vocalists.

The other special birthday being acknowledged in this week's Proms is that of film composer John Williams. To mark Williams’ 85th birthday, the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart performs music from scores such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars.

Tuesday 1 August 2017

7pm Music Alive

BBC Proms 2017

Over the next seven weeks we bring you a selection of concerts from this year’s BBC Proms

First Night of the Proms

American composer John Adams

American composer John Adams Photo: Supplied

Igor Levit (piano), BBC Proms Youth Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC SO/Edward Gardner

COULT: St John’s Dance (BBC commission, world premiere); BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor Op 37; ADAMS: Harmonium (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)

Wednesday 2 August 2017

7pm Music Alive

BBC Proms 2017

Lisa Batiashvili (vln), Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim

SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor Op 47; ELGAR: Symphony No 1 in Ab Op 55 (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)

Thursday 3 August 2017

10am Weekday Classics with Clarissa Dunn

BBC Proms 2017

Isabelle Faust (violin), Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Bernard Haitink

MOZART: Symphony No 38 in D K504, Prague; Violin Concerto No 3 in G K216; SCHUMANN: Symphony No 2 in D Op 11 (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)

Friday 4 August 2017

7pm Music Alive

Star Wars

Star Wars Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

BBC Proms 2017

Celebrating John Williams

BBC Concert Orch/Keith Lockhart

The BBC Proms celebrates the film composer’s soundtracks – including Star Wars and Jurassic Park – to mark his 85th birthday (recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)

Saturday 5 August 2017


Sunday 6 August 2017

10am BBC Proms 2017

Two Proms concerts

I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth

MONTEVERDI: a selection of vocal music;

R WILLIAMS: Là ci darem la mano (BBC commission, world première) (recorded by the BBC, Cadogan Hall, London)


Royal Northern Sinfonia/Nicholas McGegan
TELEMANN: Water Music, Overture; DELIUS: Summer Night on the River; HANDEL: Water Music Suite No 3 in G; MASON: River (BBC commission, world première); MENDELSSOHN: Calm Sea & Prosperous Voyage, Overture; RAMEAU: Naïs, Overture; G WILLIAMS: Sea Sketches (recorded by the BBC, The Dock, Hull)

6pm Opera on Sunday

Stuart Skelton

Stuart Skelton Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0

BBC Proms 2017

Stuart Skelton (Florestan), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore), Louise Alder (Marzelline), Benjamin Hulett (Jaquino), Detlef Roth (Don Pizarro), David Soar (Don Fernando), Brindley Sherratt (Rocco), Orfeón Donostiarra, BBC Phil/Juanjo Mena


(Recorded by the BBC, Royal Albert Hall, London)

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