Sakari Oramo to conduct Last Night of the Proms, which also stars Proms Featured Artist Janine Jansen
Jansen features in three concerts in the season, culminating in her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, when she performs works by Chausson and Ravel. Earlier in the season she gives a recital with Oramo – making his Proms debut as a violinist – and pianist Itamar Golan at Cadogan Hall on 11 August; she is also soloist in Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oramo on 13 August.
Oramo leads the Last Night of the Proms on 13 September. This follows his appearance at last year’s First Night – which marked his first concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. One of the highest profile events in the classical calendar, the concert also includes John Daszak singing Strauss’ Taillefer. Oramo appears in no less than five concerts throughout the Proms season, including a performance of Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex on 7 August, with soloists including Juha Uusitalo, and an eclectic programme of Ravel, Szymanowski, Tiensuu and Rimsky-Korsakov on 23 August.
This year’s First Night on 18 July features Erin Wall in a performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom with the BBCSO conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Fellow soprano Camilla Tilling appears twice in the season - on 16 August, performing Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink and in Peter Sellars’ innovative staging of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 6 September, with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. Another musical knight, Sir Neville Marriner, conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in a programme of Beethoven, Bruch and Walton on 10 August.
The 2014 Proms pays homage to two great contemporary composers, both celebrating their 80th birthdays this year: Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s music is heard in a concert with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group conducted by Oliver Knussen at Cadogan Hall on 6 September; whilst Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concerto No.4 receives a performance by Proms debut artist, clarinettist Dimitri Ashkenazy; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is conducted by Ben Gernon in a late night Prom on Max’s birthday - 8 September. An English composer from an earlier era - Elgar - is heard in Truls Mørk’s interpretation of the Cello Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis on 19 August. The concert will be recorded for later broadcast on BBC Four.
The 2014 Proms features David Zinman’s final concert as Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich on 21 July. Stepping down after almost twenty years with the orchestra, Zinman conducts music by composers with whom the partnership has become most associated: Strauss, Dvořák and Beethoven. The concert will be broadcast on 25 July on BBC Four.
In a season featuring visiting ensembles from all around the world, the 2014 Proms include a number of anticipated orchestral debuts. Amongst them is the Singapore Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Lan Shui, who give the European premiere of Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto on 2 September, with soloist Andreas Haefliger. Renowned for their interpretations of Rachmaninov, they also perform the Russian composer’s Symphony No.2. 7 September sees the anticipated London debut of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under their Music Director Han-Na Chang – who is making her Proms debut as a conductor. Their programme features Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and a work by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran. The concert will be broadcast on BBC Four on 12 September.
All concerts will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.