BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The opening fanfares rang out thrillingly to herald the 109th season of the Proms. One of the very few of his works without an apparent ’subtext’ – subversive or otherwise...
The opening fanfares rang out thrillingly to herald the 109th season of the Proms. One of the very few of his works without an apparent ’subtext’ – subversive or otherwise...
After the extraordinary events of last year’s Last Night it was almost inconceivable that it could ever be the same again. There were some ungracious members of the audience that...
In terms of funding and critical esteem, the RPO remains the Cinderella of the London orchestras, but it is not always easy to see why. In Daniele Gatti the players...
Almost at the end of this year’s Proms, and what could be more welcome than a coupling of two symphonic classicists, directed by the most classical – that is, interpretatively...
A prom for September 11 might have seemed like a poisoned chalice, but Sakari Oramo and the CBSO grasped the nettle with this programme of bold contrasts.With a title drawn...
It was supposed to be a concert like no other. It was supposed to be special. It was supposed to break with tradition.It did, but not like anyone could have...
The opening of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto immediately compels attention – quiet chords on the piano, building in intensity and leading to arpeggios which herald the arrival of the first...
The final week of the Proms, which affords a snap shot of the state of four of the five London Symphony Orchestras (a week, unusually, without international visitors), opened with...
I thought of the headline waiting for a tube at Paddington, an indication that I was going to this concert optimistically and unbiased. Now, I’m angling for a complementary case...
Older listeners may continue to think of him as an accomplished pianist and younger viewers will notice the resemblance to Patrick Stewart late of the Starship Enterprise, but tonight’s conductor...
Richard Goode is a pianist capable of moulding together extremes – humour and high seriousness, attention to detail and an unbroken melodic line, intellect and emotion; a very classical modernity,...
A fine concert celebrating two centenaries – Walton and Duruflé – and a half-century: Simon Bainbridge was 50 a few weeks ago.The Twelve is a late work (1965) not heard...
The idea of a concerto can be difficult to pin down accurately. Leonard Bernstein introduced his famous – infamous? – performance of Brahms’s First Piano Concerto with Glenn Gould with...
Celibidache branded Toscanini a “non-musician”. James Levine reveres Toscanini. Celibidache conducted the Munich Philharmonic from 1979 to his death in 1996. Levine is Celibidache’s successor.The astonishing if controversial results that...
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