Proms 2005

Proms 2005

Handel’s Julius Caesar

Something for everyone in this Broadway-to-Bollywood, all-singing, all-dancing “Giulio Cesare” direct from Glyndebourne? Well, almost. Once you get past the colonial India costumes, excessive choreographic

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Grimaud & Haitink

As I looked through the programme for this concert, I had a disconcerting sense of déjà vu. Surely Haitink isn’t conducting Shostakovich 8 again already?

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Eternal Longing

They say a week is a long time in politics. The same might be said of music. After Jiří Bělohlávek splendid Mahler 9 with the

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The Light of the End

Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and first performed by it under Kurt Masur in April 2003, The Light of the End is undoubtedly one

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Tippett 4 & Eroica

Beethoven made a profound impression on Tippett and his music, and the pairing of these two composers, although familiar, remains a potent one. Sir Colin

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Hamartia

The Scottish Ensemble has its origins in the Scottish Baroque Ensemble founded in 1969. A string group, it consists of 15 players, only two of

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Lulu & Mahler 4

Alban Berg did not live to complete his second and final opera, “Lulu”. Given the climate in mid-1930s Germany, he almost certainly sensed the impossibility

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Marc-André Dalbavie

There is almost certainly more music around than we actually need, as Alexander Goehr has observed. Even if you restrict yourself to that segment of

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Nutcracker & Iolanta

The pairing of Tchaikovsky’s final opera “Iolanta” with his final ballet “The Nutcracker”, as heard in St Petersburg on 18 December 1892 – and in

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