BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The BBC Scottish Symphony has landed on its feet with Ilan Volkov. His predecessor, Osmo Vänskä, is a tough act to follow. Volkov, just 26 and six months into the...
There’s a quizzical, speculative feel to much of Judith Weir’s music that works especially well at an ensemble level (with or without voice). The “Composer Portrait” prior to the main...
Sometimes in youth one plunges into things without a moment’s hesitation. So it was with this programme by the 13-22 year-olds of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland – an...
After Johann Strauss the night before, this prom moved to the rather different music of Richard Strauss. He never saw his penultimate opera, Die Liebe der Danae, in full performance...
Seldom have two works made a more appropriate coupling than the horn trios of Brahms and Ligeti. Not only do they dominate an admittedly limited genre, but the relationship of...
For its annual appearance at the Proms, Glyndebourne Festival Opera presented a semi-staged version of its first-ever production of Die Fledermaus, which was uncorked a few weeks ago down in...
To describe this concert in a nutshell one could say that from first to last it was very, very good – and simply leave it at that.What was so special?...
BBC Radio 3’s “Late Junction” is fêted for its range of musical inclusion. Eclectic in its scope, to say the very least, “Late Junction” provides a weekly glimpse into an...
This was the BBC Philharmonic’s night. The works were demanding. The playing was accomplished and professional – ranging from pin-point control to grand, brass-resounding jubilation.H K Gruber loped to the...
Despite being ensconced in Cincinnati, Paavo Järvi is maintaining a busy schedule as guest conductor. This Prom found him at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic – opening with Night...
Applause between movements? Yep. The organ-surround daubed with colour? Yep. Three crap selections tonight – Sickly Green, Blue/Mauve Potage and Putrid Orange. Dulux rejects! The BBC producer responsible might mutter...
With the possible exception of Henry VIII, British monarchs have not been especially noted for their devotion to, or even interest in, music, seemingly preferring equestrian or canine activities by...
Greg Funfgeld has been the conductor of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (founded in 1898) – this Bethlehem is in Pennsylvania) – and the Bach Festival Orchestra (founded 1959) for...
Few works can be said to fill the Albert Hall with sound: Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder – both heard at last year’s Proms – do so, while Havergal...
Berlioz’s ’sacred trilogy’ is at once characteristic of its composer and yet untypical of him. Its restraint and comparative modesty of resources sets it apart from the monumental works for...
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