Now is your last chance to get your fill of the 2013 BBC Proms, as the world's largest classical music festival draws to a close on September 7th. Here are our picks for the Proms's final week.
It's been hard to ignore the abundance of Britten tributes in this year's Proms, and his centenary celebrations continue in Prom 67 – though the tone of this concert promises more melancholy than mirth. Paavo Järvi leads the Orchestre de Paris in Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, a short meditation for bell and strings. Dutch violinist Janine Jansen's performance in Britten's Violin Concerto is sure to be this Proms' highlight – a piece full of emotional turmoil written during war time in New York.
4. Film Music Prom
Here's something lighthearted for film buffs and for those who like their concerts big and bold: the BBC Concert Orchestra will lead the audience through a parade of great British film scores from the fantastical in Superman and A Space Odyssey to the more sober and dramatic in Battle of Britain. Conducted by Keith Lockhard and featuring Ukrainian piano superstar Valentina Lisitsa as soloist, this Prom is set to be a blockbuster.
Polish music has been all the rage this year, especially with the Warsaw Philharmonic's debut last week and Lutosławski's centenary. If you've had enough of Britten, Prom 68 takes us much farther afield in a dreamy programme full of the opulence and fantasy of Szymanowski's Violin Concerto no. 1; Tchaikovsky's first symphony, "Winter Daydreams"; and Rachmaninov's magical Symphonic Dances. Vasily Petrenko conducts the Oslo Philharmonic, and violinist Baiba Skride will be making her Proms debut.
Don't miss the last Late Night Prom, sure to be an evening of outstanding performance as two in-demand pianists Imogen Cooper and Paul Lewis team up to deliver an intimate recital of Schubert. Cooper, something of a Schubert authority, will perform the epic and beautiful Piano Sonata in C minor, and Lewis – whose Proms claim-to-fame is being the first pianist to perform all five of Beethoven's Concertos in a single season – will join forces with Cooper in Schubert's "Grand Duo", a sonata for 4 hands.
Bruckner's glorious and ambitious Eighth Symphony is worth seeing in itself, but the chance to see the Vienna Philharmonic at the Proms is a real treat. As a bonus, Prom 74 will begin with Bach chorale preludes for organ performed by Klaus Sonnleitner, currently the organist at St Florian's Abbey in Linz – the very same place Bruckner himself was organist.
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