WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Part of the BBC Proms.
Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem opens a programme of testimony and remembrance. Paul Watkins is the soloist in Lutoslawski's bleak and beautiful Cello Concerto, composed for and dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich in a period of violent protest and political repression in Poland. Thomas Ades conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and soloists Christianne Stotijn and Simon Keenlyside in the world premiere of his Totentanz, a commission in memory of Lutoslawski, which sets an anonymous 15th-century text that accompanied a frieze destroyed when Lubeck's Marienkirche was bombed in the Second World War. Finish time: approx. 21:55