Proms 2006

Proms 2006

The Last Night

And so to the 112th Last Night of the Proms – a record-breaking season with 34 of the 72 concerts sold out (it would have

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Mozart & Mackerras

A Proms season in which Mozart features so prominently would not be complete without the presence of Sir Charles Mackerras, whose insights into this most

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Bruch No.1 & Shostakovich 10

Max Bruch’s First Violin Concerto is the work by which the composer is remembered, in spite of a corpus that includes two other violin concertos,

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Resurrection Symphony

Mahler completed his monumental Second Symphony in 1894, and revised it two years later, and continued to make changes. (These are now published in Gilbert

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Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

A consensus performance often materialises for often-played works. The audience comes to know how the piece ‘should’ sound. Playing and interpretation, even if energetic, become

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Stephen Kovacevich

Stephen Kovacevich’s EMI recording of Schubert’s A major sonata is for me the greatest ever committed to disc, so to hear him play it live

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Camerata Salzburg/Leonidas Kavakos

This was ‘eine kleine nachtmusik’, not literally but metaphorically; Haydn and Mozart played with complete understanding and naturalness, always poised but never showy and with

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Escape Velocity

The final Proms Saturday Matinee of this season was a ‘Mostly Mozart’ affair, a couple of evergreens buttressing a rarely-played score, the concert spiced by

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Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle (1)

Sir Simon Rattle’s and Berliner Philharmoniker’s appearances have now become a keenly-awaited, if not always artistically fulfilling, Proms fixture – but there can be little

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