Proms 2004

Proms 2004

The Spectre’s Bride

The first half consisted of a relaxed and spacious account of Janáček’s Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra displaying its chameleon quality and producing a balance

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National Youth Orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra’s annual visit to the Proms is always a significant event. This year it was Sir Roger Norrington’s turn to bring his

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The Pines of Rome

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales’s association with Tadaaki Otaka, its Conductor Laureate, goes back nearly twenty years. Prom 29 proved an experience to cherish.

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Theseus Game

The concert’s theme was ‘innovation’. Innovation suggests new and different. Strange sounds may commit an assault upon the ears. Yet, once presented, the innovation may

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Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

One of the most-welcome aspects of the Proms season is the opportunity to hear orchestras from around the world, not just high-profile ensembles from the

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Antarctic Symphony

Two symphonies with extra-musical connotations and a source in plainsong – the ostensible ‘theme’ of this Prom, maybe. What Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Antarctic Symphony

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BBC Phil Vengerov

On the face of it an enticing programme, although it turned out an uneven and, at times, unsatisfactory concert. Szymanowski’s Concert Overture was one of

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Freiburg Baroque

This late-night Prom, performed with athletic aestheticism and very tight ensemble, included music by two Bohemian composers: Jan Dismas Zelenka (whose sacred choral music, if

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Staatskapelle Dresden 1

Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the oldest orchestras having been founded in 1548. With Bernard Haitink, 75 this year, and Dresden’s chief conductor since 2002,

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Water Concerto

Composer/conductors are hardly uncommon these days – and, on the basis of this Prom, Tan Dun’s conducting is one of executive rather than interpretative leaning.

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Chamber Music No.3

Dvořák the songwriter was celebrated in this lunchtime Chamber Prom at the V & A. A selection of his Moravian Duets, folk-based ditties here sung

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War Requiem

This concert started with the world première of a recently found piece for solo organ that Benjamin Britten wrote in 1940 when he was in

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