BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

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...
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich demonstrates all the qualities one expects of its homeland's watches and countryside: accuracy, elegance, and beauty. There are some of Europe's tallest mountains in that country. Climbing...
Obviously one of the best kept secrets of the whole Proms season, given the smallest audience so far this year in the Royal Albert Hall, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble arrived...
This BBC Prom marked the culmination of performing all of Stravinsky’s ballet scores and Tchaikovsky’s complete works for piano and orchestra this season.David Robertson’s conducting was assured throughout Stravinsky’s Agon....
The Dresden State Orchestra has appointed Rebecca Saunders as its composer-in-residence from the 2009-10 season, a surprising move, maybe, given this ensemble’s association with tradition and Saunders’s challenging musical thinking...
Whatever the starting-point of Richard Strauss’s Domestic Symphony, a day in the life of the Strauss family, any such programme can be easily forgotten given the sheer quality and brilliance...
This was Michael Nyman's first appearance at the BBC Proms and looked at his musical relationships with two of this year's featured composers, Purcell and Haydn, providing an effective stylistic...
It is three decades since Sir Roger Norrington first shot to international fame (some would say notoriety) for his pioneering and uncompromising approach to the Baroque and Classical canon. As...
The UK premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s student cantata “Nagasaki” (1958) was certainly the attraction of this Prom. “Nagasaki” is a recent discovery for Valery Gergiev (although a recording of it...
Steven Isserlis mentioned that Schumann's diaries give Mendelssohn's First Piano Trio as a direct catalyst for the composition of his Fantastiestücke, poetic utterances that were here given vividly pictorial performances...
Two joyful works in D major flanked a very fine performance of Szymanowski’s “Stabat mater” in this BBC Symphony Orchestra (and Chorus) Prom under Osmo Vänskä. There seemed to be...
Following two concerts the previous evening, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra might have welcomed the afternoon off, especially with “Fidelio” looming. Instead, nine members of the orchestra and...
This late-night BBC Prom and second offering of the evening from members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brought together two contrasting masterpieces, separated by almost exactly a hundred years.Mendelssohn’s Octet...
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (named after Goethe’s cycle or diwan of lyric poems modelled on the Persian poet Hafiz) is celebrating its 10th-anniversary since being founded by Daniel Barenboim and...
The marking of the 250th-anniversary of Handel's death continue, though it was disappointing to see large areas at the back of the Arena vacant. Handel-the-English-oratorio composer was on show. Composed...
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