BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

This was a solidly successful concert from a Manchester team unfazed by the acoustic problems of the big barn. The players have after all been giving accomplished performances of Russian...
Continuing the Spanish theme in this year’s Proms season was a double-bill of operas often referred to but not often played. Goyescas has long suffered from having been adapted by...
In a Proms season where castanets are more conspicuous than commissions, the prospect of a new orchestral work from Mark-Anthony Turnage was even more enticing than usual. He delivered the...
Just why this Prom was so poorly attended is unclear (those twentieth-century blues, perhaps?) – in terms of planning and execution, it is sure to be one of the successes...
PROM 15Per Nørgård’s Sixth Symphony is just out on CHANDOS CHAN 9904. Click here to read full review.Nikolaj Znaider has made a marvellous CD of Nielsen’s adorable concerto on EMI...
Strange the way things work out. Despite his stature as a composer and cultural thinker, Per Nørgård (born 1932) has had relatively few performances in the UK, and this concert...
This Prom marked the conclusion of Osmo Vänskä’s Chief Conductor-ship of the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the dedication with which he has raised the orchestra to an often pre-eminent position...
Young French pianist Alexandre Tharaud, with his clean-cut, preppy, schoolboy looks and neat technique, came to the Victoria & Albert’s Lecture Theatre with a programme of music mainly inspired by...
With its six soloists, massed choirs (albeit used sparingly) and vast orchestra (though at times a few more string desks would not have come amiss), the Royal Albert Hall is...
Wynton Marsalis appeared at a late-night Prom in 1993 with his sextet (also including Wes ’Warmdaddy’ Anderson, Walter Blanding, Jr and Herlin Riley) and – at long last – he...
An eminently sensible idea to run this Prom without an interval AND to have it start early – what more could one ask for? Well some commitment to the music-making...
Oliver Knussen’s 50th birthday has already been celebrated widely and it seems only fitting that the Proms should salute his unique contribution to our musical life both as conductor and...
The King’s Singers have undergone a number of personnel changes since the group started 34 years ago. It is good to report that into its fourth decade the sextet is...
Paul Daniel is a good organiser. Hans Werner Henze’s elaboration of Soler’s harpsichord fandango (the same piece that Roberto Sierra utilised in his enjoyable piece played on the First Night)...
Spain, and its musical influence, is the theme running through this year’s Proms, and who better to present a largely Spanish programme than a home-grown orchestra. The Barcelona Symphony is...
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