Proms 2004

Proms 2004

St Petersburg Philharmonic 2

In gratifyingly neutral light, a near capacity audience assembled to witness this enjoyable if unadventurous programme. Yuri Temirkanov has had Evgeny Mravinsky’s old orchestra at

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Chamber Music No.6

As summer dies and autumn was already making itself felt on this rain-drenched Monday, it was perhaps fitting that this Chamber Prom should be such

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St Petersburg Philharmonic 1

A near-capacity crowd gathered at the Royal Albert Hall to hear some authentic Russian music-making by Yuri Temirkanov and his St Petersburg forces. Glinka’s melancholic

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Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard is formidable. Under his direction the Swedish Chamber Orchestra is tightly drilled and yet plays willingly, exultantly, with panache and bravura. It won

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John Adams

Three distinct ‘flavours’ permeated this most interesting Prom, starting with a slice of this year’s ‘East meets West’ theme. La vallée des cloches is the

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The English Concert

This Prom, thoughtfully composed by Andrew Manze, comprised Handel’s most luxuriantly Coronation Anthem, written for King George II, three virtuoso arias from Thomas Arne’s opera

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Late-night Choral

One of the pleasures of late-night Proms is hearing a miscellany of works whose stylistic divergence throws up unforeseen connections and similarities. Thus it was

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Hänsel und Gretel

Whether by accident or design, it was an apt bit of scheduling to place Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera on the evening following a performance of

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Das Rheingold

This was, apparently, the first performance in modern times of a complete Wagner opera using ‘period’ instruments, and the beginning of a four-season Proms Ring

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Henze 10

A relative lack of new commissions in main-evening Proms this year has thrown greater emphasis on recent works brought to the Albert Hall by visiting

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Birtwistle & Brendel

A memorable, rather special evening, the Harrison Birtwistle portrait a notable part, the climax being Alfred Brendel’s final engagement at the Proms. He’s not retiring;

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Chamber Music No.5

By far the most interesting of the three Silk Road Project concerts, this intimate Chamber Music Prom was introduced in her usually infectious vein by

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