Proms 2008

Proms 2008

Soundings … Pastoral Symphony

A most-stimulating Prom, that had as its curtain-raiser a first UK performance. Elliott Carter’s Soundings was written in 2005 to mark Daniel Barenboim’s departure from

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Messiaen – Jennifer Bate

The Proms continued its celebration of Olivier Messiaen’s centenary with thisprogramme given by Jennifer Bate who enjoyed a close workingrelationship with the composer. She has

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City of London Sinfonia

The symphony’s opening ceremony misfired; the brass was rather tubby even if the City of London Sinfonia generally gave a clean, clear account of the

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Handel’s Belshazzar

Written in 1744 – two years after “Messiah” – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Belshazzar” takes its story from the biblical account of the fall of

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Boulez conducts Janáček

Janáček’s music is a comparatively recent absorption into Pierre Boulez’s repertoire (although he included Sinfonietta in New York back in the 1970s). As with everything

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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

The humanitarian intentions behind the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said can only be most warmly applauded.

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Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Last year’s electrifying Proms appearance with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela was the sensation of the season; but this rather mixed concert with

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In the South … Scheherazade

Vassily Sinaisky joined the BBC Philharmonic for a concert that seemed, at best, under-rehearsed. Sinaisky is currently the orchestra’s Chief Guest Conductor so unfamiliarity with

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Rachmaninov & Puccini

A rather curious programme combining Rachmaninov’s early First Symphony with the first of Puccini’s one-act operas from “Il trittico”. One might not have really thought

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