Prom 53: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


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Royal Albert Hall

dimarts, 25 ago 2009, 7:00PM

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Joyce DiDonato mezzo-soprano
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Roger Norrington conductor


Purcell Abdelazar - suite (9 mins)
Xerxes - 'Ombra mai fù' (4 mins)
Alcina - 'Ah, mio cor!' (10 mins)
Water Music - Suite No.2 in D major (12 mins)
Haydn Scena di Berenice (13 mins)
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 in A minor, 'Scottish' (38 mins)

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The host of last year's Last Night, Sir Roger Norrington returns to conduct music by all four of this year's major anniversary composers.

Purcell's music to Abdelazar gave Britten the theme he used, 250 years later, in his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Prom 13), and American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs two Handel arias as well as Haydn's 'mad scene' for the distraught Berenice, who begs the gods to let her join her lover in death.

Mendelssohn's evocative 'Scottish' symphony was conceived on the same 1829 holiday as his Hebrides overture (Prom 70).


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