Thomas Søndergård makes his much-anticipated debut at the BBC Proms
on Thursday 18 July with BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a spell-binding programme.
Evocations of Nordic forests, Persian gardens and snow-capped mountains feature with Stenhammar’s Excelsior! leading into the opulent sound-world of Szymanowski’s Symphony No.3. The second half of the programme is a journey from before dawn into the following night with Strauss’s dramatic An Alpine Symphony.
The Dane’s Prom comes at the end of a fantastic first season at the helm of BBC NOW and also as Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Guest conducting highlights in 12/13 have included critically-acclaimed debuts at Seattle Symphony and Luxembourg Philharmonic orchestras as well as at the Royal Swedish and Royal Danish operas—Turandot and The Cunning Little Vixen respectively.
If you cannot make it to the Royal Albert Hall, tune in to Radio 3 or listen online live or through the ‘listen again’ feature at bbc.co.uk/proms.
Live recordings from St David’s Hall, Cardiff of both Sibelius and Nielsen fifth symphonies are available as the free CD with this month’s BBC Music Magazine.
Thomas conducts his second Prom on Monday 29 July (including Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11) which is live on Radio 3 and recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 4 August.