BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

Violin concertos with eye-catching and imagination-stimulating nicknames seem all the rage at the moment. Only the night before BBC Proms had presented Peter Maxwell Davies’s ‘Fiddler on the Shore’ (his...
On the day itself, this second, more personal, celebration of Peter Maxwell Davies’s 75th-birthday examined the composer’s close affinity with Orkney, his home for nigh on forty years. It also...
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies turned 75 on this day and was joined by Mendelssohn, whose 200th-anniversary is celebrated this year.Maxwell Davies’s latest concerto, like Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor,...
Mendelssohn wrote his First Piano Concerto in 1831 during a visit to Munich, part of an extended tour of Europe and the British Isles that also saw the composition of...
The best had been saved for last, a Proms Chamber Music hour of sublime music-making to celebrate Purcell in his 350th-anniversary year. If there is a cavil, it is that...
“Tis the Season…”, well, not really, but the nation’s favourite oratorio needs no excuse to be trotted out, and what an odd hybrid this one was! Performances of “Messiah” tend...
This Suite from “The Cunning Little Vixen” is an arrangement by Vaclav Tálich of music from Act One and uses his own orchestration rather than Janáček’s more abrasive original. (Charles...
This exquisite late-night BBC Prom was for George Crumb's 80th-birthday, and was delivered with authority by members of the Nash Ensemble, three singers and (in the opening and closing works)...
Anyone who has followed Jonathan Nott’s career will have heard him conduct this music before (in Bamberg, at the Edinburgh Festival, and even in London, where he is too infrequent...
This BBC Prom was an example of misplaced and over-long programming, the concluding Brahms Symphony being performed in a rather routine manner.In stark contrast the concert had opened with an...
Twentieth-century works of wildly differing musical languages were here linked together by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor, David Robertson, making for an extremely interesting and stimulating...
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons brought two symphonies to the BBC Proms.Haydn's 'Military' Symphony – one of his London set, and so-named because of the percussion effects in...
Dutch orchestras rarely perform Sibelius’s music; perhaps this is because their conductors’ predilection has been for the Finn’s symphonic antipode, Gustav Mahler. That said George Szell made a famous studio...
In a weekend of smiles and fancy footwork, the BBC Proms' innovation shone through this extraordinary set of twelve concerts and a wealth of chamber and instrumental music and intriguing...
Charles Dutoit conducted the premiere of Claude Vivier's Orion in 1979. It is clearly a piece close to his heart. Vevier was murdered aged 34 in 1983. The music itself...
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