Rolf Hind is the soloist in the first of this season's BBC commissions, David Sawer's Piano Concerto, which is preceded by Elgar's In the South. After the interval, Ravel's Sheherazade features the Proms debut of mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. This is followed by Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in his own selection of excerpts from Igor Stravinsky's original ballet music for The Firebird. Charles Hazlewood and his guests discuss the evening's music, while Clare Louise Stuart hears the views of the Prommers' Panel.
The story of pioneering technological corporation IBM and its founder, the visionary entrepreneur Thomas Watson Sr, who recognised the potential of the Hollerith tabulating machine - the forerunner of the modem computer - and anticipated contemporary corporate stakeholding through the benefits and education opportunities he offered his workforce.
***Comic tale of an Icelandic layabout who falls for his mother's beautiful Spanish dance teacher. However, his mother is also in love with the bisexual object of his affections. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, and starring Victoria Abril and Hilmir Snaer Guonason. With music co-composed by Blur's Damon Albarn. In Icelandic and English with subtitles.
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