Proms 2006

Proms 2006

Frankenstein!!

This was to be “A Night of Musical Subversion”. The programme note telling us so rambled through several examples of what the title might imply,

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La Simphonie du Marais

A programme billed as “reviving the music of Lully and his contemporaries and lifting the curtain on the intimate world of music devised for Louis

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Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Concert performances of operas, by which I mean performances with a line-up of soloists rather than a semi-staged recreation of a production, can sometimes be

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Shostakovich At The Movies

Despite his broken right-foot – an injury caused when stepping off a podium last week in Belgium – André de Ridder, crutches and all, could

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Babi Yar

Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914) wrote mostly short pieces, partly due to the difficulties (laziness!) that he incurred in finishing anything. (Otherwise he, rather than Stravinsky, might

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Pathétique Symphony

It is hard to imagine music darker than Alfred Schnittke’s Viola Concerto, completed in 1985. The composer suffered his first stroke during its composition, and

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András Schiff

Mozart’s piano music remains one of the most elusive areas of the repertoire; it must be simple without being facile, it requires technical mastery, but

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Scottish Symphony

Another packed Royal Albert Hall welcomed the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chief Conductor for an early-Romantic sandwich with Beethoven as the filling. Billed as

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