Listen to the BBC Proms on YourClassical MPR

The BBC Proms return to YourClassical MPR on Mondays, Tuesdays and on Extra Eclectic with host Steve Seel. BBC

August 09, 2022

The long-awaited BBC Proms return to YourClassical MPR! This year, performances will be featured at 9 p.m. central on Monday and Tuesdays. You also can hear more performances on Extra Eclectic at 10 and 11 p.m. central on Wednesdays.

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Monday, August 8 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded July 28, Prom 5)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena, conductor

BACH/WEBERN: Ricercar from The Musical Offering

(Recorded July 26, Prom 15)
BBC Symphony
Jordan de Souza, conductor
Johan Dalene, violin

SAMUEL BARBER: Violin Concerto

Tuesday, August 9 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded July 27, Prom 16)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Andrew Manze, conductor


Wednesday, August 10 - Extra Eclectic

(Recorded July 18, Prom 5)
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena, conductor
Lawrence Power, viola


(Recorded July 19, Prom 6)
BBC Philharmonic
Omer Meir Wellber, conductor


(Recorded August 26, Prom 15)
BBC Symphony
Jordan de Souza, conductor

GEORGE WALKER: Variations for Orchestra

Monday, August 15 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded July 31, Prom 20)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

IGOR STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

Tuesday, August 16 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 1, Proms at Bristol)
Alina Ibragamova, violin
Cedric Tiberghien, piano

EUGÈNE YSAŸE: Poeme Elegiaque
CÉSAR FRANCK: Violin Sonata

Wednesday, August 17 - Extra Eclectic

(Recorded Aug 2, Prom 22)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon, conductor


(Recorded Aug 3 Prom 24)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft, conductor


Monday, August 22 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 3, Prom 24)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft, conductor
Clara-Jumi Kang, violin


Tuesday, August 23 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 5, Prom 26)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor


Wednesday, August 24 - Extra Eclectic

(Recorded Aug 4, Prom 25)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards, conductor
Carolina Eyck, theremin

KALEVI AHO: Eight Seasons (Concerto for Theremin)

Monday, August 29 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 5, Prom 26)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Katia and Marielle Labeque, pianos

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ: Concerto for Two Pianos

Tuesday August 30 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 11, Prom 34)
BBC Philharmonic
Eva Ollikainen, conductor
Kian Soltani, cello

EDWARD ELGAR: Cello Concerto

Wednesday, August 31 - Extra Eclectic

(Recorded Aug 11, Prom 34)
BBC Philharmonic
Eva Ollikainen, conductor


Monday, September 5 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 17, Prom 41)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor


(Recorded Aug 18, Prom 42)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 7

Tuesday, September 6 - 9 p.m. central

(Recorded Aug 17, Prom 41)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Elizabeth Watts, soprano
Benjamin Appl, baritone

CARL NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3


Performances from the BBC Proms also will be featured on the nationally syndicated program SymphonyCast. On-demand audio will be available for 30 days after each episode becomes available via SymphonyCast's homepage. Here is the schedule:

Sunday, August 1

(Recorded July 15, Prom 1)
BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, soprano
Jennifer Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Freddie De Tommaso, tenor
Kihwan Sim, bass-baritone


Giuseppe Verdi had a complicated relationship with religion: he asked to be buried with just ‘one priest, one candle, one cross’. But as a born dramatist, he knew how to tell a great story – and his colossal Requiem encompasses death, rebirth and the end of the world itself, in music that simply blazes with passion and power. Now, in the vast spaces of the Royal Albert Hall, Sakari Oramo assembles two choruses, a multinational team of solo singers (including 2021 Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winner Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha) and the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and prepares to raise the roof. A truly spectacular First Night of the 2022 BBC Proms.

Sunday, August 8

(Recorded July 20, Prom 8)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON: The Miners’ Hymns They Being Dead Yet Speaketh
SERGEI RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2
GILDUR GUANADOTTIR: The Fact of the Matter
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Fantasy-Overture from Romeo and Juliet

A piano sounds quietly in the silence; an old song, long buried, heaves itself upwards to echo and resound anew. At first, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s atmospheric reworkings of Durham miners’ songs might not sound as if they have much to do with Rachmaninov’s popular Piano Concerto No. 2. But in the hands of BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk (‘Dazzling’: The Financial Times), they become part of a deeper, darker picture: an unfolding soundscape that embraces both the soaring romantic tragedy of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and the elemental sonorities of Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir – the extraordinary, Academy Award-winning musical imagination behind Joker and Chernobyl.

Sunday, August 22

(Recorded Aug 6, Prom 27)
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Andrew Gourlay, conductor
Simone Dinnerstein, piano

DANNY ELFMAN: Wunderkammer
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Grofe)
MAURICE RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe

‘I think and feel in sounds,’ said Maurice Ravel. So, when he wrote his ballet Daphnis and Chloe, he created a sumptuous musical panorama in which you can hear every drop of dew, every flurry of birdsong and every ray of glittering light. Sounds thrilling? Now hear it performed by the ‘world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers’ – playing with an energy and joy that make even the Royal Albert Hall feel a bit on the small side. The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s annual Prom is always a highlight of the season, and tonight its 150-plus players are working on a cinematic scale: Simone Dinnerstein performs Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and there’s a spectacular, specially commissioned opener from Hollywood legend Danny Elfman.

Sunday, August 29

(Recorded Aug 9, Prom 31)
Ulster Orchestra
Daniele Rustioni, conductor
Louise Alder, soprano

RICHARD WAGNER: Tannhauser – Overture
RICHARD WAGNER: Tannhauser Venusberg Music

There’s an ‘electric buzz in Belfast’, according to at least one critic, and the combined energy of the Ulster Orchestra and its dynamic Chief Conductor Daniele Rustioni illuminates everything they play together. Tonight, it’s all about Austro-German Romanticism at its most ardent: whether Schumann’s punchy but poetic Fourth Symphony, the dreams of a young Gustav Mahler, or Wagner’s thrillingly sensual opera of unleashed love, lust and creativity. Louise Alder is the soloist in Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs, and The Times called her ‘a terrific talent, combining a big, lustrous voice with flawless intonation and keen intelligence’. This young British star could have been born to sing Strauss’s lovely (and much-loved) final songs.

Sunday, September 5

(Recorded Aug 13, Prom 36)
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

BÉLA BARTÓK: The Miraculous Mandarin – Suite
SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 7

Viennese orchestral playing is a byword for excellence, rooted in generations of tradition. But under its distinguished (and adventurous) American Music Director Marin Alsop, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra takes that tradition as a starting point to look outwards – to explore. Bartók’s bloodcurdling ballet suite prepares the way for Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto: energizing, unsentimental brilliance, brought to life by former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Benjamin Grosvenor. And then, two very different facets of the Central European tradition: the windswept drama and dancing Bohemian melodies of Dvořák’s magnificent Seventh Symphony, and the UK premiere of Heliosis – written specially for Alsop and the Vienna RSO by a young Viennese composer with a flair for drama.

Sunday, September 12

(Recorded Aug 24, Prom 49)
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Rattle, conductor
Louise Alder, soprano
Dame Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano

GUSTAV MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

The end has come, and in the silence after the Last Trumpet, a solitary bird is the only sound heard on Earth. The ambition of Gustav Mahler’s ‘Resurrection’ Symphony staggers the imagination – an emotional odyssey on a cosmic scale that embraces tenderness, rage, dark humor and – yes – the end of the world itself. Sir Simon Rattle was still a teenager when he conducted his first performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony, and it’s been a personal touchstone at every stage of his career. Now, as he prepares to step down as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, he pairs it with a short (but very personal) tribute from the late Harrison Birtwistle, one of Britain’s most distinguished recent composers.

Sunday, September 19

(Recorded Sep 2, Prom 61)
Chineke! Orchestra
Chineke! Chorus
Kevin John Edusei, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano;
Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezzo-soprano
Zwakele Tshabalala, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (Choral)

‘Be embraced, all you millions!’ Since the earliest days of the Proms, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has had a special place in each season – and with its climactic choral ‘Ode to Joy’, it’s one of those works that takes on a new meaning every time it’s played. This year, it’s performed by Chineke! – Europe’s first majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, along with Chineke! Voices. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Nicole Cabell leads a world-class team of solo singers, and opens the Prom with the haunting Lilacs, the heartfelt song-cycle with which George Walker became the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Sunday, September 26

(Recorded Sep 10, Final Prom)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Singers
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Lise Davidsen, soprano
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

RICHARD WAGNER: Tannhauser ‘Dich, teure Halle’
PIETRO MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticanaEaster Hymn
GIUSEPPE VERDI: Macbeth ‘Vieni! T’affretta!’
DOREEN CARWITHEN: Overture ‘ODTAA (One Damn Thing After Another)’
KARL DAVYDOV: At the Fountain – Fantasia on British Sea-Songs
THOMAS ARNE: Rule, Britannia!
EDWARD ELGAR: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
HUBERT PARRY: Jerusalem (orch. Elgar)
UNKNOWN: The National Anthem (arr. Britten)

It’s time to put on your party clothes, grab your favorite flag and raise the roof of the Royal Albert Hall! There’s nothing quite like the Last Night of the Proms – the happiest annual celebration in the classical music calendar. BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska returns to host a concert that stars soprano Lise Davidsen and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason in party pieces by Verdi, Wagner and Coleridge-Taylor, as well as a salute to a century of innovation from rising British composer James B. Wilson – before giving the 2022 BBC Proms a send-off with all the traditional Last Night favorites. Until next year!