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Prom 53: Bartók – The Miraculous Mandarin; Shostakovich - Orango

Monday 24 August 2015 - 7:30 PM

Esa Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda

Approximate end time: 9:50pm

Presented by:

The Miraculous Mandarin 32'

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 29'


Shostakovich, orch. G. McBurney
Orango – Prologue 32'
(semi-staged; sung in Russian)

David Fray piano
Natalia Pavlova Susanna
Natalia Yakimova Renée
Alexander Shagun Armand Fleury
Alexander Trofimov Paul Mâche
Vladimir Babokin Foreigner 1
Oleg Losev Foreigner 2
Dmitry Koleushko Zoologist
Ivan Novoselov Orango
Leo Elhardt Voice from the Crowd
Denis Beganski Master of Ceremonies
Yuri Yevchuk Veselchak

Philharmonia Voices
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen

Shostakovich's Orango – an incomplete opera whose manuscript came to light only in 2004 – is a glossy fusion of wit and political venom.

The 'Orango' of the title is half man, half ape – a symbol of the decadent West. It's a work matched for vivid colouring by Bartók's violent and sexually charged ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin.

French pianist David Fray returns following his Proms debut in 2011 to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 – written at the height of the composer's fame in Vienna as a performer of his own works.

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