BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

Almost a counterpart to Prom 51 in its diverse treatment of the season’s Hispanic theme. Julian Anderson’s Alhambra Fantasy (2000) has made a fair impact in performances from the London...
What a smart piece of programming! Ives and Mahler took what the world has to offer and put it in their music. Both these pieces gestated for some time having...
“Never was there a more complete triumph – never a more thorough and speedy recognition of a great work of art”. So reported “The Times” following Elijah’s first performance at...
This was an interesting piece of programming – Shostakovich’s ode to October and Lenin, and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy can surely never have been coupled together before.However peculiar the pairing,...
After the blood and guts playing of Gergiev’s Kirov forces and the luminescence of Abbado’s youthful troupe, there was always a risk that Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic would...
A complete Prom conducted by Thomas Adès was never likely to be routine, and in its programme and ordering, the present concert was indeed an engrossing if at times frustrating...
What is it with Mahler 3? It seems to have a cruel effect on conductors. Some 19 years ago, Michael Tilson Thomas’s indisposition with the Philharmonia led to a young...
The Hispanic theme made an imaginative entry into this late-evening Prom. Obliquely in the case of Last Round – Osvaldo Golijov’s 1996 recollection of the soul of Argentinean tango, as...
With the proviso that Sinaisky and the RCO may be new to each other and some rehearsal time lost: Riccardo Chailly was missed! Stravinsky is one of Chailly’s strengths and...
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe must be one of the finest bodies of its kind in the world. It boasts splendid players who respond in true chamber-music fashion to one...
The Kirov Orchestra’s weekend Proms residency ended with this apposite coupling of works from the two leading Soviet composers: a concerto written in the heyday of Prokofiev’s émigré years, and...
A small but ’committed’ audience was present for one of the highlights of this year’s Proms, the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ according to...
Although he appeared with it – in an oddly-assorted but enjoyable programme – at the Barbican Hall last year, this was David Robertson’s first Proms appearance with the Lyon Orchestra....
After the rigours of Parsifal at the Edinburgh Festival, this concert looked small beer for Claudio Abbado and the orchestra he founded in 1986 to help bring together young musicians...
Nicely timed to coincide with the Sony CD release, Sir Roger Norrington, Joshua Bell and Camerata Salzburg reunited – this time before a packed Royal Albert Hall audience. Norrington has...
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