BBC Proms 2008 On Television

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Reviewed by: Classical Source News Service

Reviewed: 17 July, 2008
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  • New primetime Saturday nights for BBC TWO
  • Regular live relays on BBC FOUR
  • All televised Proms available on demand on the BBC iPlayer

    For the first time BBC TWO has a regular primetime weekly presence at the BBC Proms throughout the season, providing Proms broadcasts on Saturday nights, adding to BBC TWO’s coverage of the First Night on Friday 18 July and the Last Night. BBC ONE joins the live celebrations for the climax of the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 13 September.

    The new Saturday nights on BBC TWO, beginning on 26 July, include relays of live Proms; in-depth insights into notable anniversaries such as the Hallé Orchestra and Vaughan Williams; highlights from Nigel Kennedy’s first performances at the Proms for 21 years; a recreation of the traditional Proms concept of a ‘Beethoven Night’; and a celebration of two of the world’s leading conductors, Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez.

    The presenters are conductor Charles Hazlewood and broadcaster Suzy Klein, both of whom are regular contributors to Radio 3, and who will also present the Proms on BBC FOUR. For the first time BBC TWO will be based in a specially-built studio within the Royal Albert Hall building, which will have a large screen showing preparations within the auditorium, as well as showing specially recorded films and live interviews with artists backstage.

    Clive Anderson joins Suzy Klein for the Last Night of the Proms, and the pair also present the Great Conductors Proms, which complements BBC TWO’s new conducting series Maestro, also presented by Clive Anderson and which begins on 12 August.

    All BBC TWO Proms are also broadcast on the BBC HD Channel and all televised Proms are available to view for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.

    BBC FOUR also offers a consistent pattern of concerts across the season, with Proms every Sunday and Monday evening for seven weeks, with some additional concerts mid-season to include performances given by two of the world’s greatest conductors, Daniel Barenboim & Pierre Boulez. Most of the BBC Four programmes are live, though some of the most sought-after concerts of the season, including Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the World Music gala, which fall on days other than the regular Sundays and Mondays, will also be recorded, ensuring audiences have the opportunity to experience some of the most sought after Proms the season has to offer.

    The presenters for the Proms on BBC Four are Charles Hazlewood, Suzy Klein, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Verity Sharp and Petroc Trelawny, all of whom also present Proms on BBC Radio 3.

    General Information
    All televised Proms are available to view for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.

    Red button services for all televised Proms, digital TV viewers (satellite, cable and Freeview) continue with detailed background notes on each concert on both BBC FOUR and BBC TWO. On the Last Night of the Proms, audiences can choose between live relays of the BBC Proms in the Park concerts from around the country by pressing the red button.

    The BBC Proms website is the primary source for the most up-to-date information about the programme of concerts and events, artists and repertoire also inviting audiences to participate in debate by submitting their own reviews and joining the lively discussions on the message board. Online users are offered a wealth of background on the unique history of the world’s greatest music festival and unprecedented insight into the season. Listeners can access detailed notes about the music featured in each evening’s concert, available one hour before each concert, complementing the BBC Proms broadcast experience.

    Listings of BBC Proms on BBC TWO (and High Definition TV)
    Friday 18 July
    First Night of the Proms (BBC SO/ Bìlohlávek)
    Broadcast live
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 26 July
    Kennedy: Classical & Jazz (Proms 2 + 3) Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 2 August
    Hallé 150th Anniversary concert (Prom 16)
    Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 9 August
    Classical Jazz (Proms 31 and 26)
    Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 16 August
    Great Conductors: Barenboim and Boulez (Proms 38 + 40)
    Recorded
    Presented by Clive Anderson and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 23 August
    National Youth Orchestra/Pappano (Prom 49)
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 30 August
    Vaughan Williams Anniversary (Prom 54)
    Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 6 Sept
    Beethoven Night (Proms 15 and 62)
    Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood and Suzy Klein

    Saturday 13 Sept
    Last Night, Part 1 (BBC SO/Belohlávek)
    Broadcast live
    Presented by Clive Anderson and Suzy Klein

    Listings of BBC Proms on BBC FOUR
    Sunday 20 July
    Folk Day with Bella Hardy, Martin Simpson and Bellowhead
    Live
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood

    Monday 21 July
    Messiaen & Saint-Saens
    Live
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood

    Sunday 27 July
    Messiaen – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Fischer
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Suzy Klein

    Monday 28 July
    Beethoven & Elliott Carter – BBC SO/Robertson
    Live
    Presented by Suzy Klein

    Sunday 3 August
    Beethoven & Mahler – BBC SSO/Runnicles
    Live
    Presented by Verity Sharp

    Monday 4 August
    World Music Gala (part 1)
    Recorded
    Presented by Verity Sharp

    Sunday 5 August
    King’s Singers 40th Anniversary
    Recorded
    Presented by Suzy Klein

    Monday 11 August
    World Music Gala (part 2)
    Recorded
    Presented by Verity Sharp

    Thursday 14 August
    Barenboim & West-Eastern Divan
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

    Friday 15 August
    Boulez & the BBC SO – Janacek
    Live
    Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

    Sunday 17 August
    Beethoven’s Mass in C – City of London Sinfonia
    Live
    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Sunday 24 August
    Bach St John Passion – John Eliot Gardiner
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Monday 25 August
    Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky – RPO/Gatti
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Sunday 31 August
    Lang Lang recital
    Recorded
    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Monday 1 Sept
    Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester – Beethoven/Sibelius
    Live/deferred
    Presented by Petroc Trelawny

    Sunday 7 Sept
    Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle – Brahms/Shostakovich
    Recorded
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood

    Monday 8 Sept
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Haitink – Turnage/Mahler
    Live
    Presented by Charles Hazlewood

    BBC ONE
    Saturday 13 Sept
    Last Night, Part 2 (BBC SO/Bìlohlávek)
    Broadcast live
    Presented by Clive Anderson and Suzy Klein

    All Proms are broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and are available on the BBC iPlayer for seven days.



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