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Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore


Benjamin BrittenSinfonia da Requiem, Op.20
Raymond YiuSymphony: BBC commission: world premiere
~ Interval ~
Carl NielsenFlute Concerto, FS 119
Leoš JanáčekSinfonietta


Edward Gardner – Conductor
Andrew Watts – countertenor
Emily Beynon – flute

BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Programme Note

Proms regular Edward Gardner continues this year’s Nielsen anniversary celebrations with the Flute Concerto - a work that expresses what Nielsen perceived as the instrument’s ‘Arcadian’ quality. This gentle, pastoral quality battles, however, with darker forces, characterfully symbolised by the bass trombone. Both Janáček’s Sinfonietta and Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem are also vivid expressions of contrast - in mood, texture and colour. The five movements of the Sinfonietta are all scored for a different - and sometimes unlikely - combination of instruments, while the three episodes in Britten’s elegiac Sinfonia da Requiem paint different stages of mourning, from grief, to anger and finally an uneasy acceptance.

Prom 54: Britten, Raymond Yiu, Nielsen & Janáček

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