BBC Proms: Prom 18 – Mahler, Ravel and Birtwistle
Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a programme of Mahler and Ravel
Here is another chance to see Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic tackle the intense, contrasting moods of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Ravel’s atmospheric Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Pianist Alexandre Tharaud joins the orchestra for the strikingly virtuosic latter work.
The concert opens with the first of several works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrating his 80th birthday. Night’s Black Bird is an atmospheric plunge in to melancholic darkness, lightened only by the call of birds.