BBC Proms: Rattle Conducts Belshazzar's Feast

BBC Proms: Rattle Conducts Belshazzar's Feast

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Review

In RT’s Proms guide last month, Petroc Trelawny chose Belshazzar’s Feast as one of his highlights of the season. “A truly thrilling piece of music theatre,” he called it. “Walton’s score underpins perfectly the Biblical tale that reflects on the impermanence of established civilisations and the collapse of a decadent empire.” So, an oratorio for our times..?

Simon Rattle gathers the London Symphony Orchestra, baritone Gerald Finley and a choir of 300 – the London Symphony Chorus and, from Spain, Orfeó Català and their Youth Choir. We’ll also hear Charles Koechlin’s Jungle Book-inspired Les bandar-log and Varèse’s percussion-heavy Amériques.

Summary

At the Royal Albert Hall, Walton's choral masterpiece Belshazzar's Feast gets the Proms treatment with conductor Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra, the LSO Chorus, the Orfeo Catala Choir and Orfeo Catala Youth Choir and Canadian baritone Gerald Finley as soloist. Plus, Varese's celebration of the modern city in sound Amériques and Charles Koechlin's Jungle Book-inspired Les bandar-log. Presented by Suzy Klein.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Suzy Klein
Director Rhodri Huw
Producer Seren Irvine
Music