Proms 2005

Proms 2005

Huw Watkins Premiere

One of the many things the Proms does well is to provide a sympathetic context for new music. I am not referring to the audience,

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Akademie für Alte Musik

The ‘other’ Water Music, Telemann’s, and Bach’s D major ‘Ouverture’ with its attendant dances: two Baroque suites of remarkable invention framing two duets which in

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Ravi & Anoushka Shankar

Having bagged Plácido Domingo for the first time, Nicholas Kenyon’s second debut-coup of this year’s Proms season was to present Ravi Shankar, along with his

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Water Music

The San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under its conductor Nicholas McGegan, making its UK debut, offset the often outlandish rhythms and scoring of Rameau’s music

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Coro

I am tempted to stick my neck out – only a third of the way through the season – to say that this was the

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Hans Abrahamsen

Sandwiched between Sibelius and Brahms, the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Four Pieces for Orchestra received its UK premiere to a reasonably full house. There was

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Romeo & Juliet

Berlioz’s aptly titled ‘dramatic symphony’ is not at all easy to categorise, being a strange mix of cantata and opera alongside the purely symphonic. Neither

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Violins!! – Part 1

In a world of ‘bite-sized’ portions it is a shame that classical music has found a niche in the ‘sound-bite’ world. Excerpts and selections present

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Violins!! – Part 2

Never has there been such an example of what the BBCSO should concentrate its undoubted talent on and equally what it should avoid. As a

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