Proms 2008

Proms 2008

Cantus arcticus … The Whale

As a celebration of its 40th-anniversary year the London Sinfonietta revisited its very first concert, which included the world premiere of John Tavener’s “The Whale”,

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Ralph Vaughan Williams

Musically speaking the climax of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s anniversary year came in June with Richard Hickox’s revival of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” … or more precisely

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Les Talens Lyriques

In this day and age, when we often told that “classical music is dying”, it was good to see a nearly full Cadogan Hall, especially

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Romeo and Juliet … Tchaikovsky 5

Fêted abroad and under-funded at home, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s carefully rationed appearances in the capital’s bigger halls have often been devoted to standard repertoire.

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Slavonic Dances … Osud

The effective sabotaging of one’s career in the wake of major success is discernible throughout the arts in all eras: one of the most striking

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The Sleeping Beauty

Although concert performances of opera are an established fixture at the Proms, those of ballet are a comparative novelty; how else to explain that The

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