The pick of the week's classical programmes for 20-25 July
Monday 20 July, 7pm
In the eighth Prom of this year’s season, Bernard Haitink, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Ninth Symphony. Begun a century ago, the Austrian composer's last completed symphony was written at a time of crisis, following his daughter’s death, his forced resignation from the Vienna Court Opera, the diagnosis of his fatal heart disease and the breakdown of his marriage.
New Generation Artists
Wednesday 23 July, 10.30pm
Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani is one of the current Radio 3 New Generation Artists, a scheme set up ten years ago to showcase the rising stars of classical music. Across the Proms season there's a chance to hear performances from all the current New Generation Artists. Tonight's programme features the scheme's first early music specialist in Scarlatti’s Sonatas in B and D minor, and music by Sweelink, Philips and Bernardo Storace.
Saturday 25 July, 12.15pm
Novelist and guitar enthusiast Louis de Bernières and classical guitar virtuoso Craig Ogden travel to Linares in Andalucia to visit the museum established in honour of its most famous son, Andrés Segovia, and to discover more about the man regarded as the greatest guitarist of the 20th century.
Prom 9: Elgar anniversary
Thursday 22 July, 7.30pm
Charles Hazlewood introduces a concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of Elgar’s death, with his Second Symphony played by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by Vassily Sinaisky. Two intriguing English rarities start the programme – Ernest Moeran’s G Minor Symphony and Gerald Finzi’s Grand Fantasia and Toccata, with piano soloist Leon McCawley.
Prom 10: Orchestre National de Lyon
Friday 23 July, 7.30pm
From Ravel and Takemitsu to Debussy’s La mer, this rollercoaster of a Prom celebrates the fascinating musical links between east and west. The French Orchestre National de Lyon, under their half-German, half-Japanese music director Jun Märkl, perform with the young Japanese virtuoso violinist Akiko Suwanai, while Mayumi Miyata introduces the oriental instrument known as the shõ to the Proms audience. Presented by Charles Hazlewood.