WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Ilan Volkov directs the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (of which he is Music Director) in the ensemble's Proms debut. Together they bring works from two major Icelandic composers, both inspired by the power and drama of their native country's geology. There's a slow-growing, primal force to Leifs's Geysir that balances the shifting tectonics of Tomasson's Magma. Jonathan Biss makes his second appearance this season with Schumann's Piano Concerto, written for the composer's wife Clara, and the concert closes with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, whose darkness-to-light scenario culminates in a blaze of glory. Finish time approx. 22:00