German Musical Talent at BBC Proms
Germany Presents it‘s Classical Musical Genius at the Famous Music Festivals
August 15th, 2016
Ingrida Haringová, CD News
This year's Proms feature a formidable selection of German musical talent, showcasing both German cultural heritage and contemporary talents. Many famous artists are playing: Christian Thielemann, the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra to name but a few.
The Proms, officially known as The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, are an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music, which Jiří Bělohlávek has described as “the world's largest and most democratic musical festival”.
The world famous Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2 op. 72a, the Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major op. 73 and his Symphony No. 7. The orchestra is one of the oldest and largest in the world. Before the concert, author Philip Kerr and historian Karen Leeder will discuss the peaceful reunification process of East and West Germany on Proms Extra.
On 30 August, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, conducted by Philippe Jordan, will perform Bach's Cantata No 82 together with renowned bass-baritone Christian Gerhaher. This will be followed by Bruckner's Symphony No 9 in D minor.
On 2 and 3 September, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic will perform Boulez' 1965 kaleidoscopic Éclat and Mahler's 1905 Symphony No 7, as well as pieces by Julian Anderson, Dvořák and Brahms. In September, Daniel Barenboim is bringing the Staatskapelle Berlin to the Proms for two concerts. On 5 September they will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor and Bruckner’s Symphony 'Romantic'. On 6 September, Mozart’s Piano Concerto 'Coronation' and Bruckner’s Symphony No 6 in A major will be showcased. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 26 was performed by the composer in Frankfurt during festivities in 1790 for the coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor; at the Proms Daniel Barenboim will give its first performance for over 40 years.
On 7 and 8 September Christian Thielemann and Staatskapelle Dresden will perform a piano concerto by Mozart, a Bruckner symphony, a violin concerto by Beethoven, Max Reger’s Variations as well as Fugue on a Theme by Mozart and Richard Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche. Bruckner’s Third Symphony is said to be the composer’s symphonic tribute to his idol Wagner.