Live at the BBC Proms: The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, perform Charlotte Bray, Foulds, Arnold. Timothy Ridout is the soloist in Walton's Viola Concerto.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
John Foulds: Le cabaret (Overture to a French Comedy)
William Walton: Viola Concerto
Paul Harris, co-author of 'Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius' talks to Martin Handley about the music and turbulent life of this most misunderstood of British composers, whose reputation took a dive after the 1950s.
Charlotte Bray: Where Icebergs Dance Away (UK premiere)
Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No. 5
Timothy Ridout (viola)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo (conductor)
A world away from centenary composer Malcolm Arnold’s reputation for light music and film scores, the Fifth Symphony is a richly layered work full of irony, pain and loss. An opening musical ‘garden of memories’ pays affectionate homage to departed friends, while the scherzo flirts with jazz and the finale offers a tantalising glimpse of heaven before snatching it cruelly away. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Timothy Ridout is the soloist in Walton’s poetic Viola Concerto, which was given its world premiere at the Proms in 1929. Global warming is the stimulus behind Charlotte Bray’s Where Icebergs Dance Away, which draws on the work of American artist Zaria Forman.