BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The music of Brahms and Schumann will forever be intertwined, but this was a truly unusual late-night Prom of musical contrasts, moving from the intensely personal asides of Brahms’s Opus...
For Emanuel Ax, Brahms’s D minor example is the ‘Eroica’ of piano concertos. With Bernard Haitink undemonstratively conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Ax himself a model of tact,...
Following their successful world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s ‘Double Concerto’ in the earlier Prom, Viktoria Mullova and Matthew Barley returned to explore one of their other musical passions, in tandem...
The BBC’s commitment to new music is vital to the Proms, and this closely linked programme of Austrian music demonstrated clearly why. Thomas Larcher, born in the Tyrol, has shown...
A long BBC Prom of Russian music; and it felt long too, at times. The juxtaposition of Petrushka and Francesca da Rimini was a really enticing one, but Esa-Pekka Salonen...
One of the longest of this season’s Proms was this rather unwieldy three-part affair, loosely based around the commissioning acumen of the great Russian-American conductor Serge Koussevitzky and which featured...
It is well to remember that Tchaikovsky himself upbraided his friend and pupil Sergey Taneyev when the latter observed somewhat disparagingly that there was a “flavour of ballet” in the...
A programme that centred on the teacher-pupil relationship between Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten for this latest of the Proms Chamber Music series at Cadogan Hall. Bridge having developed the...
At the BBC Prom on 12 September 1963 Benjamin Britten conducted a concert of his music with the London Symphony Orchestra to anticipate his 50th-birthday on 22 November. The works...
It’s perhaps extraordinary that there has not been a Comedy Prom before. The old-style format of these concerts, with what Thomas Beecham would have called “novelties” inserted even between the...
Now settling into its half-season pattern (from the second Saturday of August to the first Saturday of September) the Proms Saturday Matinees opened with a 75th-birthday tribute to Sir Richard...
Excepting sporadic revivals from Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood, the Western is a genre that seems to have faded from popular culture. The glory days of John Wayne riding through...
You’d think that an evening of familiar film scores – title tracks, suites and arrangements – would be all pleasure. As it turned out, this full-to-capacity Prom turned out to...
Johann Sebastian Bach did it, and so did Beethoven. Now Johannes Brahms has followed suit, albeit with no say in the matter unlike his illustrious predecessors – his violin concerto...
At Steve Reich concerts there is often a palpable sense of classical and popular music rubbing shoulders, not least in the audience – a reflection on the power of his...
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