Following her exciting Proms debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra last year, rising young American conductor Karina Canellakis returns to direct the orchestra in two 20th-century Russian masterpieces.
Although composed just three years before his death, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances pulse with exhilarating rhythmic energy, while Shostakovich’s much-loved First Cello Concerto features Alisa Weilerstein in the solo part originally composed for the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
Violence and tenderness battle in Beethoven’s Coriolan overture and a UK premiere by Andrew Norman completes the programme.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Concerto No 1 in E flat major
Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 29 July.