BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

New primetime Saturday nights for BBC TWO Regular live relays on BBC FOUR All televised Proms available on demand on the BBC iPlayerFor the first time BBC TWO has a...
Issued on the eve of the 2008 Season of BBC Proms, Somm has released a recording of the First Night of the 1943 Season conducted by Sir Henry Wood. To...
Hailed as “the world’s greatest classical music festival” on the BBC Proms website it is difficult to see how this “Proms in the Park” concert fits this description. At £23...
A first ‘Last Night’ and a last ‘Last Night', for Jiří Bělohlávek and Nicholas Kenyon respectively: the former paying tribute to the latter in his brief but affecting speech. Not...
The penultimate night of the 2007 Proms season brought a second appearance from the Boston Symphony, evidently enjoying a period of renewal under James Levine. His first three years as...
Berlioz’s “The Damnation of Faust” – from ‘The Plains of Hungary’ to the Jaws of Hell (which Faust descends to thanks to Méphistophélès’s deception) and the Gates of Heaven (through...
Riccardo Chailly strode vigorously up to the podium, purposive and thickly bearded. Facing the bust of Sir Henry Wood, the founder-conductor of the Proms, he looked every inch his re-incarnation.The...
It says something for the perception we may have of the Vienna Philharmonic that if it plays Bartók, let alone Ligeti, that part of an eyebrow is raised in surprise....
Britten’s distinguished setting of W. H. Auden’s highly moving words – an extraordinary mix of private confession and public declaration – was, here, a gentle, rather subdued affair. This intimate...
Despite the best efforts of one union to bring London Underground to a complete halt by staging a three-day strike, an enthusiastic capacity audience greeted the Vienna Philharmonic. There is...
J. S. Bach’s Partitas are often referred to as a collection of dance movements – and are Bach’s first published works, apparently. Should we expect them to be danced to?Angela...
Whilst I was in New York for the Kirov 'Ring' cycle at the Metropolitan Opera, I met a Jewish lady who stated that she did not care much for Mahler...
A packed house greeted our friends from across the pond for this appetising programme, which, on the whole, did not disappoint.Charles Ives was a part-time composer; his ‘day job’ was...
As if saving the best till last, the Proms Saturday Matinee series came to a brilliantly conceived end with this extraordinary snapshot of Benjamin Britten before he was 30. There...
Although there are notable works for oboe and percussion by Birtwistle and Xenakis, Thea Musgrave’s Two’s Company – the last of the BBC’s commissions for Proms 2007 – could well...
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