BBC Proms 2021

25 August 2021
Royal Albert Hall

Eight Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi
The Four Seasons

interspersed with

Astor Piazzolla
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
(arr. Leonid Desyatnikov)

Joshua Bell, director & soloist

From an icy Italian winter to the heady, sensual warmth of a South American summer: violinist Joshua Bell leads us on a musical journey through the sights and sounds of two continents and four very different seasons. Inspired by Vivaldi’s best-known work, Piazzolla – Argentina’s 20th-century tango king, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year – created his own response, complete with musical quotations. While Vivaldi’s virtuosic concertos celebrate contrast – the freshness of spring, with its sudden thunderstorms, versus the languid heat of summer – Piazzolla’s musical landscape remains more constant, always swaying to the pervasive rhythm of the tango.

Listen Live on BBC Radio 3 | We are delighted our performance will be broadcast on BBC TV

Booking tickets
General booking opens 17 July.
Visit the Proms website for information about booking tickets.

The Proms are hoping to welcome the maximum number of audience members that are safely allowed and they will be following Government guidance. Further details about distancing measures and how you can safely enjoy your Prom visit will be announced in due course.

Photo by Chris Christodoulou