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The Proms finished Last Night … Now we move on…

14 September 2014 – Last night was the Last Night of the Proms. Once again, and for the twelfth consecutive season, Classical Source covered every concert: 76 in the Royal Albert Hall, 12 in Cadogan Hall, and the four Composer Portraits at the Royal College of Music. (The reviews were rolled-out on the new-look pages, which will soon become standard.)

My thanks to each of the contributors for their sterling efforts – for filing copy so quickly without compromising either quality or their strong, informed opinions – to Kevin for adding photos and tweeting, and most of all to Colin for his editing skills (and the breadth of knowledge that goes with it) as well as his indefatigable organising. And once again it has been a pleasure to work with the good folk in the BBC Proms office and at BBC Radio 3.

But, refusing to rest on laurels – and thank-you for your many comments, tweets and emails in response to what we publish – the new season is now with us (indeed Classical Source has already reported from Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera and English National Opera, and also covered a cabaret and a musical), so we look forward to writing about many more concerts, operas and recordings – and features (only the other day Sakari Oramo, who conducted the Last Night of the Proms, was interviewed regarding his forthcoming BBC Symphony Orchestra cycle of Carl Nielsen’s six Symphonies) – and to sharing them all with you, our readers.

New York, New York, too – our coordinator there, David M. Rice, has been very active plotting with our ‘Big Apple’ reviewers and the city’s august musical institutions, and we have signed-up a couple of new writers, including Fred Kirshnit, a much-admired and veteran commentator on the New York scene who has already put his stamp on some of the recent Mostly Mozart concerts.

Chris Caspell
Managing Director
The Classical Source
14 September 2014


BBC Proms 2014

about this prom Prom 76: The Last Night of the Proms – Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Janine Jansen, Elizabeth Watts, John Daszak, Roderick Williams & Ruthie Henshall – Velocity, Song for Athene, Sabre Dance, Ol' Man River, Mary Poppins, Jerusalem
about this prom Prom 75: Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony & Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase
about this prom Prom 74: Late Night with ... Rufus Wainwright, Deborah Voigt, Britten Sinfonia & Johannes Debus
about this prom Prom 73: Alan Gilbert conducts Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra & Gerhild Romberger in Mahler 3
about this prom Prom 72: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Litton with Lise Berthaud – Greensleeves, Exody, Walton’s Viola Concerto, Vaughan Williams 4; Harrison Birtwistle Composer Portrait

Proms Chamber Music

about this Prom PCM8: Shostakovich Waltzes and Walton’s Façade – Ian Bostridge, Felicity Palmer, Nash Ensemble/John Wilson
about this Prom PCM7: Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin, Mompou, Ravel, Judith Weir and Gounod/Liszt
about this Prom PCM6: Mozart, Mahler and Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen – Louis Schwizgebel & Royal String Quartet
about this Prom PCM5: Anne Schwanewilms & Malcolm Martineau – Debussy and Richard Strauss
about this Prom PCM4: Janine Jansen, Sakari Oramo & Itamar Golan – Prokofiev & Schubert

Proms Saturday Matinee

about this Prom PSM4: Harrison Birtwistle – Verses for Ensembles, Dinah and Nick’s Love Song, Meridian – Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Oliver Knussen with Hilary Summers and Exaudi
about this Prom PSM3: Peter Maxwell Davies – Linguae ignis, Revelation and Fall, A Mirror of Whitening Light – London Sinfonietta/Sian Edwards with Tim Gill and Rebecca Bottone
about this Prom PSM2: Lapland Chamber Orchestra/John Storgårds with Håkan Hardenberger in Harrison Birtwistle’s Endless Parade
about this Prom PSM1: Armonia Atenea/George Petrou with Myrsini Margariti & Irini Karaianni – Greek Mythology and Baroque Opera

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Latest Concert & Opera Reviews

about this concert English National Opera – Handel’s Xerxes [Alice Coote]
about this concert Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall – Schubert & Chopin/Godowsky
about this concert Nicolas Hodges at Wigmore Hall – Harrison Birtwistle 80th-Birthday Tribute Concert [+ Debussy and Mozart/Busoni]
about this concert English National Opera – Verdi’s Otello – with Stuart Skelton, Leah Crocetto, Jonathan Summers & Allan Clayton; directed by David Alden; conducted by Edward Gardner
about this concert The Royal Opera – David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto [Simon Keenlyside, Aleksandra Kurzak, Saimir Pirgu & Brindley Sherratt; conducted by Maurizio Benini]

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Latest CD & DVD Reviews

about this cd/dvd Dvořák – Complete Symphonies & Concertos – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Jiří Bělohlávek with Alisa Weilerstein, Garrick Ohlsson and Frank Peter Zimmermann [Decca]
about this cd/dvd John Storgårds conducts Sibelius – Complete Symphonies / Three Late Fragments [BBC Philharmonic; Chandos]
about this cd/dvd Wiener Symphoniker/Manfred Honeck – Music by The Strauss Family
about this cd/dvd Robert Schumann – The Symphonies – Berliner Philharmoniker/Simon Rattle [Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings]
about this cd/dvd Robert Schumann – The Symphonies – Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati [Linn]

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Latest Features

about this feature Feature Review: Lahti Sibelius Festival 2014 – Original Sibelius [Okko Kamu, Ilya Gringolts, Folke Gräsbeck; 4-7 September 2014]
about this feature Carlo Bergonzi (1924-2014) – The Greatest?
about this feature Remembering Sandy Wilson, composer of The Boy Friend
about this feature Happy Birthday Dear Leonard... Classical Source is delighted to send 70th-Birthday Greetings to its Patron and contributor, Leonard Slatkin
about this feature Remembering great talents: Richard Attenborough, Lauren Bacall, Dora Bryan, Robin Williams

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