BBC Proms 2019: Di Castri and Greenwood premieres, “In the Name of the Earth,” Queen Victoria’s piano

Posted on: April 17, 2019

“The BBC Proms will blast into hyperspace this summer, with a series of interstellar concerts marking the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings,” writes Mark Savage in Wednesday’s (4/17) “Alongside classics like Holst’s The Planets, the season will include … scores from films such as Gravity and Alien: Covenant [and] a new piece inspired by the first Moon walk … Zosha Di Castri’s Long Is The Journey, Short Is The Memory…. The Proms will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth by transporting her piano from the drawing room of Buckingham Palace for a one-night-only performance [of] music by Victoria’s favorite composer, Mendelssohn, as well as several songs composed by her husband, Prince Albert. [Radiohead] guitarist Jonny Greenwood [will curate] a program that includes Steve Reich’s hypnotic Pulse … Henrich Biber’s Passacaglia in G Minor [and] the world premiere of Greenwood’s Horror Vacui …. The season will also feature the European premiere of [John Luther Adams’s] In The Name Of The Earth.” In addition to U.K. orchestras, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Ireland’s Ulster Orchestra, Germany’s Bamberg, Bavarian Radio, and NDR Radio orchestras, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra will perform.

Posted April 17, 2019