Ades Conducts Stravinsky BBC Proms

Ades Conducts Stravinsky

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain under Thomas Ades perform Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, the London premiere of Mural by Francisco Coll and Ades's own work Polaris.

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164 four young players from right across the country are here


Prepare to be wowed by some of the most talented


teenagers in the nation, as the National Youth Orchestra


Hello, and a very warm welcome to a very special evening here


at the Royal Albert Hall, as the National Youth Orchestra


I'm Suzy Klein, and tonight we'll be hearing music


conducted by Thomas Ades, with music by himself,


by his protege, Francisco Coll, and his hero, Stravinsky.


Many of the UK's leading musicians are NYO alumni:


Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Judith Weir, Alison Balsam


He's also one of the most celebrated composers


of his generation, and we will be hearing one of his


First, though, a piece by a composer who is something of a star


Francisco Coll, who moved specially from Spain to London


Tonight, we're going to hear the London premiere of Mural,


a large-scale orchestral work in five movements,


lasting around 24 minutes which was co-commissioned


by the NYO, and two years in the making.


Coll writes music about the modern world.


He describes Mural as a "Grotesque Symphony."


"Alternating between festive dances and dreamlike harmonies,


at times you can hear the hustle and bustle of the city


and at others the calm stillness of a mountain range."


And here comes the leader of the national youth Orchestra.


Leora Cohen, a very big moment for her!


I have heard her a few times before, a brilliant player with a bright


future ahead of her. And here's Thomas Ades


to conduct Mural by his APPLAUSE the London premier of Mural


by the Spanish composer Francisco Coll. The national youth orchestra


of Great Britain conducted by Thomas Ades.


A huge piece as you can see used every part of the orchestra to the


max. It says a lot for the talents of the


composer Francisco Coll he impressed Thomas Ades enough, nine years ago,


when he arrived in London and became Thomas Ades 's only pupil. Here she,


joining Thomas Ades on stage. And shaking the leader by the hand.


Not the first time that Thomas Ades has brought Francisco Coll 's work


to the Proms. He conducted last year for Francisco Coll 's debut.


Next tonight we're going to hear Thomas Ades conduct the NYO


The piece in question is "Polaris: A Voyage for Orchestra",


It's in one continuous movement, lasting about 15 minutes.


Inspired by the heavens, the music conjures up a vast


interstellar landscape that unfolds from a simple, very beautiful piano


The melody is taken up by different sections of the orchestra ? each


of them playing at different speeds and almost playing the same


Can you tell us about the piece. The brass uninstruments in the orchestra


are removed from the stage, because it was come posed for a whole


designed by Frank Gearey. This inspired me to make a journey, where


each group of the brass instruments plays part of a canon, you hear the


trumpets will play the tune first, then joined by the high horn, then


the trombones and then the tubas as a full stop. At the end of the first


section, the 12th note in my magnet tick series, introduces a new note.


When you get to the 12th the whole pole flips, reverses. It's a huge


entry of the timpani. It goes manic. Then the whole canon is repeated,


but upside down. Because of the nature of it, this sounds more


remote and I suppose, it is in the minor mode and has a different feel,


more stormy feel. And the third time through, it is the same process but


with a new key centre you feel like you are reaching a harbour. Couldn't


work out how to end it until I went to Grand Canyon for the first time


and I saw this enormous view, ten miles in one moment and that gave me


the idea of thousand end this piece. It sounds like a rocket taking off.


And here he comes to conduct his own work,




A magical mystery tour, through space, courtesy of Thomas adders,


conducting his own work, Polaris. Formed by the national youth


Orchestra of Great Britain. -- Thomas Ades. Written by Ades in 2010


but that was its first performance here at the Proms, that was the


perfect place for it, such a great space for a piece which takes us on


a tour, inspired by the stars, and the polar Star. He's just one of the


most vivid and authentic and adventurous forces in new music,


Ades, every PC bushes and self into new territory. I was talking to the


players from this Orchestra, about what it is like to work with Thomas


Ades and they say that they love every moment of it, gives them the


best notes, he is so visual, and he totally understands what it is like


to be a player in this Orchestra, the way that he communicates with


these young players has been such a pleasure for them.


And Ades tonight made the decision to space five separate groups of


brass around the Royal Albert Hall, giving the fantastic sense of


traversing huge distances, he wanted the orchestra to feel like it was


taking off in a ship, towards the sound of trumpets, and at the end,


arriving at a huge destination. Since its foundation,


NYO has given over 550 concerts and supported some 5000 young


musicians, inspiring its members with a sense


of personal responsibility Well, since it was founded in 1948,


the National Youth Orchestra has nurtured some of the UK's brightest


and best orchestral players ? today it's extended that brief to also


work with aspiring young composers and reaching out to talented


musicians beyond the orchestra The Proms and the NYO have a long


history together, since their Proms debut back in 1955


under the baton of Sir Adrian Boult! Since then, they have performed


here with many of the world's greatest conductors,


so we thought it might be nice to take a little trip down memory


lane and see how some of the world's leading baton wavers have fared


in the hands of the NYO. I'm not sure if any of us conductors


will ever know what the limits of their capacity is.


I was at Orchestra, aged from 13 to 19 and as ever, they sound like one


of the great orchestras in the world. A live concert, when


conducting an orchestra deliver, the celebration felt in the hall, there


is no experience like it. I think young people must be exposed to


that. You can see the stars of the future


there. The marvellous thing with young


people is their devotion, there is not a single moment of inattention,


and when they perform, you see all these eyes on you. You feel much


more responsible. I worked with the National Youth


Orchestra just as I would rehearse any Orchestra, they do not like to


see a difference, they like to be treated the same. I think that when


you're working with any Orchestra, the interaction between the people


is crucial, within a youth Orchestra, it is even more


important, they have two really look each other in the eyes, and that is


difficult to do when you are young, I think. The important thing is to


challenge them, to stretch them, to get them to play in a way that adds


they have never been able to before. Try to open up to them what is in


the music. To dig down into their young selves and find feelings that


have never come to the surface before. And to drag them in,


emotionally. I cannot think of any better reason for having an


orchestra, than that. Some of the great and good. We will


end the programme with one of the most explosive pieces of music


created in the last 100 years. The work was so shocking


when it was first heard in 1913 that riots famously broke out


at the premiere in Paris. It was visceral, violent,


unapologetically strange and modern. Its impact is undeniable,


and the piece remains a powerful It was, quite simply,


a game changer. So what is it that is


so mind-blowing about It tells the story of an ancient


Russian tribe which makes a springtime sacrifice of a virgin


to the fertility gods. So a fairly shocking starting point!


The truly brilliant thing that In a revolutionary move,


he makes the beat more important than the melody.


There are tribal rhythms here - he changes the number of beats


in a bar in quick succession, he forces the orchestra to run


an obstacle course of changing It was conceived as two equal


and complementary parts, each lasting about 15 minutes -


The Adoration of the Earth, which takes place in daytime,


and The Sacrifice of the Chosen One, But it's not all frenzied


or aggressive ? in the introduction, which represents the reawakening


of Nature, you'll hear a sinuous, evocative bassoon solo based on one


a gorgeous Lithuanian folk tune. And here's Thomas Ades


to conduct the Rite of Spring. A fantastic formance of Stravinsky's


Rite of Spring giving here at the Proms by the players of the National


Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Conducted by Thomas Ades.


I said earlier that Thomas Ades is a... He is a force for good in the


world of music, brilliantly talented, composer, conductor,


gifted pianist, and the way that he communicates with these young


players and gets that performance out of them, I think that they rang


every ounce of juice they could from that piece. It is only really when


you talk to these young players as I was doing today that you remember


they are teenagers, when they are giggling, talking about hairstyles


and Instagram, but when they are on that stage they play with incredible


skill, commitment, virtuosity. CHEERING


And, applause for Lucy, the bassoon player.


Pretty triumphant end to the NYO's summer tour, they are off next to


the south of France, they will perform and let their hair down


after a very busy few weeks, and that is it for this evening, but


make sure you tune in to BBC Four, 8pm, this coming Friday, for another


Prom which promises to be a cracker. John Wilson returns with his


incredible orchestra and an-all Rogers Hammerstein's


smash hit, Oklahoma! But from all of us here


at the Royal Albert Hall this


The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain returns to the BBC Proms under the baton of renowned composer and conductor Thomas Ades. The formidable young musicians perform Stravinsky's thrilling ballet score The Rite of Spring, the London premiere of Mural by Francisco Coll and Ades's own work Polaris.

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