Prom 50: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

Prom 50: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev

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Summary

Live at the BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov in Prokofiev's Symphony No 3, Tchaikovsky's Fantasy-Overture (Hamlet); and they are joined by pianist Stephen Hough for Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. In 1919 Prokofiev started work on his opera The Fiery Angel, a touching love story set against the backdrop of demonic possession. He recast much of the opera's most impactful music into his Third Symphony. Alexander Vedernikov conducts it here after Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninov's devilish and ever-entertaining 'Paganini' Variations, and the final instalment of fellow-Russian Tchaikovsky's three Shakepeare overtures. Presented by Martin Handley. Stephen Hough (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Alexander Vedernikov. Tchaikovsky: Fantasy-Overture (Hamlet). Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 8.10 Proms Extra: Devils: Rev Richard Coles and Imtiaz Dharker. Rev Richard Coles and poet Imtiaz Dharker explore the Devil in Christian and Islamic cultures. Chaired by Dr Christopher Harding in front of an audience at Imperial College Union. 8.30 Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Op 44.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Martin Handley
Producer Ann McKay
Music