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Three Proms themes come together tonight at the Royal Albert Hall - the anniversaries of Brahms and Schubert, and folk-music inspiration which is found in Chopin's second piano concerto, played by French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Brahms's vigorous choral writing makes an effective contrast to the serenity and repose of Schubert's symphonic Mass - a worthy successor to Beethoven.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano), Rosa Mannion (soprano), Stella Doufexis (mezzo), Toby Spence (tenor), Nathan Berg (bass), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jiri Belohlavek
Brahms Gesang der Parzen
Chopin Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor
7.50 Schubert: Between Two Masses
Michael Berkeley traces the last six years of Schubert's life, with contributions from biographer Elizabeth Norman McKay and psychiatrist Dr Anthony Storr.
"Imagine ... a man whose most brilliant hopes have perished, to whom the felicity of love and friendship have nothing to offer but pain."
8.10 Schubert Mass in A flat, D678 SIMULTANEOUS BROADCAST with BBC2
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