Thursday’s Prom was performed once again by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under their American principal guest conductor David Robertson. The opening work was a band new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage, commissioned by the BBC and the LA Philharmonic, called Hammered Out. This is a very rhythmical piece, which is written to sound like jazz funk (that’s what the programme notes say it is anyway) but with the dissonances that are more characteristic of Turnage’s work. I was pleasantly surprised when the music started as it wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
This was followed by Barber’s violin concerto, played by Gil Shaham, who had dressed in a white ice cream seller’s jacket to match the orchestra’s characteristic concert attire. This was a good performance, although I did find the solo violin a little soft to hear above the orchestra at times, perhaps due to my position in the arena. The final work was Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 of which the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave a rousing performance.
Mark-Anthony Turnage Hammered Out (world premiere)
Barber Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2 in D major
Gil Shaham violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Robertson conductor