Proms 2004

Proms 2004

A Final Last Night

Leonard Slatkin reflects on his last Last Night of the Proms It is hard to believe that almost four years as chief conductor of the

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Pictures at the Proms

The encore, “Happy Birthday to You”, summoned by leader Stephen Bryant was a nice tribute to Leonard Slatkin at, this, his 60th-birthday concert, given on

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Vespers of 1610

This performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, in Robert King’s own performing edition, was a marvel of compromise between coping with an inappropriate acoustic (given

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Chamber Music No.7

Having featured his Fourth Symphony earlier this Proms season, it was fitting that Ives’s other culminating work be included too. And who better to perform

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Australian Youth Orchestra

The Australian Youth Orchestra gave an excellent account of itself, allied to an authoritative contribution from Lawrence Foster. He clearly won the players’ trust as

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Mutter & Previn

Odd when you think of it: André Previn has not appeared at the Proms since a 1987 concert with the Royal Philharmonic; then its back

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Khamma

The wide-ranging remit of the Proms these days makes it easy to ignore a concert of such focused and unassumingly logical programming as this one.

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Orchestre de Paris

The theme of this concert was ‘valediction’. At the time of writing these works, both composers knew their own deaths were imminent. Berio, an atheist,

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Voigt and Gatti

This was a high-risk programme even if it didn’t look like one. After conducting the Eroica with the RPO in Florida this February, Daniele Gatti

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Glyndebourne Double Bill

For its annual Proms showcase Glyndebourne unveiled semi-staged versions of two short operas concerned with greed and the disposal of accumulated wealth on death. This

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Lausanne Chamber Orchestra

It’s an unwise man that thinks the only cultural product of Switzerland is the cuckoo clock. While perhaps a little bereft of composers (claim half

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Sāvitri

Judging by the crowds streaming out of the Albert Hall upon my arrival to this late-night Prom there was a more than a respectable size

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