BBC Proms - 2010 - Prom 68 - Bliss, Bax, Sibelius, Parry - Part 1
BBC PROMS 2010 Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London Presented by Andrew McGregor To complete Henry Wood day, the Ulster Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor Paul Watkins perform music either premiered by or closely associated with Sir Henry Wood, founder conductor of the Proms. There is inevitably a strong English flavour to the programme with works by Arthur Bliss, Arnold Bax and Hubert Parry. An English composer forgotten now, but who gained recognition in her day, is Dorothy Howell, whose symphonic poem 'Lamia' was given its first performance at a Henry Wood Prom in 1919. The other works from Russia and Finland were all given their UK premiere performances by Henry Wood - including Rachmaninov's expansive First Piano Concerto, played tonight by soloist Steven Osborne. Bliss: Birthday Fanfare for Sir Henry Wood Bax: London Pageant Dorothy Howell: Lamia Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor (revised version) Steven Osborne (piano) Ulster Orchestra Paul Watkins (conductor).