Proms 2004

Proms 2004

BBC Philharmonic

The most consistently satisfying performance came at the beginning of the concert. Dvořák’s musical depiction of an Erben ballad brought to vivid life by Gianandrea

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier

This year sees the tercentenary of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s death, and London has already been graced with many performances of the French master’s works. Coincidentally, Les

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Czech Philharmonic

The last major international orchestra to this year’s Proms (Les Arts Florissants and William Christie notwithstanding) was the Czech Philharmonic. It made its first visit

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Psappha

On the very day of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s 70th-birthday, the Proms offered a celebration with this late-night performance of works from his 1960s’ ‘expressionist’

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Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

An interesting programme mixing Kaija Saariaho’s large-scale symphonic piece Orion, inspired by the myth and the constellation of Orion in a night-time sky, and Bartók’s

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Chamber Music No.8

The Concertino began well. Rolf Hind thumped out the blunt, bare opening declaration authoritatively. Martin Owen’s horn answered him sweetly, gravely and consistently. Hind, meanwhile,

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Berliner Philharmoniker 2

For their second programme, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic (as we’re not supposed to call it) presented a typically astute pairing, unimaginable in

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Staatskapelle Dresden 2

It took until the Dvořák symphony for something truly memorable, not just of this concert but of Staatskapelle Dresden’s two Proms. The Haydn, altogether more

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Sur Incises

The opportunity to ‘bring South’ performances from the Edinburgh Festival paid off handsomely in this Prom pairing of major works by composers who were sometime

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Sneaker Wave

The promenaders stayed away in droves for this one. I don’t quite understand why. It was a strange but pleasing programme that included a first

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