BBC Proms 2020
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Proms
Georgia Mann and a panel of experts explore the coming week's Proms archive concerts. The sparkling overture from Rossini's opera Semiramide opens this 1990 Prom given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly. Presented by Ian Skelly. Flexing his Beethoven muscles, Chailly gives his unique reading of the composer's First Symphony - a work later captured as part of a complete cycle, recorded with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester from 2007 to 2009. Rounding off the programme is Prokofiev's striking Third Symphony. Written in 1928, it was a direct and spirited reaction to the disappointment Prokofiev experienced with his opera The Fiery Angel, whose first performance, accepted by Bruno Walter for Berlin, had been summarily and indefinitely postponed. Though the second act was given in a concert in Paris conducted by Kousevitzky in June 1928, the opera as a whole was not seen until 1954. Prokofiev rescued some of the material by developing it symphonically; the result is a work of great drama and intensity. Rossini: Semiramide - overture. Beethoven: Symphony No 1 in C. Prokofiev: Symphony No 3 in C minor. Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly (conductor).