WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Mitsuko Uchida returns to the Proms after an absence of almost 20 years as the soloist in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, which overturned formal traditions by opening with a simple statement for solo piano. Musical ideas are tested to their limits in a conversation between keyboard and orchestra. The opium-fuelled obsessions, flower-like dancers, rural idyll, rolling tumbrel and danse macabre of Berlioz's 1830 gothic masterpiece Symphonie fantastique conclude the first of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra's two Proms (see also Prom 35) with Mariss Jansons, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year. Finish time: approx. 21:10