Berlin & Boston take over the BBC Proms



This weekend, two of the world’s finest orchestras travel to London for performances at the BBC Proms. Over the course of just three days, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a total of five concerts. Askonas Holt is delighted to be working with both orchestras, continuing relationships which span nearly half a century.

The Berliner Philharmoniker – who have performed at the Proms every two years since the early 90s – will give two performances at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 and 2 September. They mark the orchestra’s second visit to London this year, following two performances with outgoing Chief Conductor Sir Simon Rattle at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in May. Under Chief Conductor Designate Kirill Petrenko, the orchestra will perform Dukas’ brilliant Fanfare and one-act ballet score La péri, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Yuja Wang, and Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 on Saturday, and Strauss’ Don Juan and Death and Transfiguration, and Beethoven Symphony No. 7 on Sunday. The concerts mark Kirill’s first appearance with the orchestra in London as well as his BBC Proms debut.

Emmanuel Pahud

Proms audiences will also have the opportunity to experience soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker in a more intimate concert on Monday 3 September, as part of the Proms at… Cadogan Hall series. The programme includes the world premiere of Nina Šenk’s Baca for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet, performed by Emmanuel Pahud, Maja Avramović, Daishin Kashimoto, Amihai Grosz, Bruno Delepelaire, Andreas Ottensamer and Marie-Pierre Langlamet.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra last performed at the BBC Proms in 2015, and return once again with Music Director Andris Nelsons. On Sunday 2 September, the orchestra perform Mahler’s Third Symphony in collaboration with the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus and starring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. They return on Monday 3 September, performing Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium’ with Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4.

All five performances will be broadcast live on BBC Radio. Follow the links below to listen:

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