BBC Proms: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts John Adams

Wednesday 2 Aug 2017, 7pmRoyal Albert Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Marianne Crebassa mezzo soprano

Philharmonia Voices

Bach Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm, ich her'

Ravel Shéhérazade

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Adams Naïve and Sentimental Music

In a highly evocative programme, Esa-Pekka Salonen explores the creative influences behind three giants of 20th-century music. Opening the programme, Stravinsky’s arrangement of ‘Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her’ enhances Bach’s original set of chorale variations, themselves a magnification of Martin Luther’s original Christmas hymn. Shéhérazade, meanwhile, reveals the intoxicating mind of a young Ravel. This magical song cycle sets to music three texts by Tristan Klingsor – free-verse poems inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov’s original orchestral work. Dedicated to Salonen and premiered by him in 1999, Adams’ Naïve and Sentimental Music is as much a response to the grand symphonies of the past as it is inspired by them, ever striving towards an elusive, graceful spontaneity.