BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts

The annual presentation at the Proms of the complete 'Ring', continued with this distinguished performance of what was the original starting-point, dramatically speaking, of the whole cycle.Less apparently 'starry' than...
For the first Saturday of the 2006 Proms season the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Sir Roger Norrington gave a whistle-stop tour through Mozart’s operatic canon picking out well- and lesser-known...
In the beginning was darkness … and silence. But, gently, there became audible little string phrases, like a growing dawn chorus of Vivaldian birds. By the time the stage lights...
The intention to mark Mozart's 250th-anniversary and Shostakovich's centenary throughout this year's Proms season was made explicit in this opening concert. Whether or not some of Mozart's most popular operatic...
This farewell to the 111th season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts also bade farewell to two members of the BBCSO. It was also a welcome to Paul Daniel conducting his...
Flash floods in West London kept audience numbers down for this vaguely watery Prom, a welcome transfer from the Helsinki Festival. Esa-Pekka Salonen has re-emerged recently as a composer but...
From Jascha Horenstein to Günter Wand, the Proms has witnessed some astonishing revivifications of Bruckner’s Eighth, “the biggest and grandest of 19th-century symphonies” as Andrew Huth’s programme note insisted.Against a...
The Vienna Philharmonic is a wonderful ambassador for its musical heritage – and here Haydn and Berg were treated as absolute equals and played with total identification and commitment.How natural...
Late-night Proms can vary as much in content as they do in attendance – the present occasion as musically diverse as it was sparsely peopled. Yet the alternation, then combination...
Few musicians in the Proms century-plus history can have appeared as composer, conductor and pianist, something that Thomas Adès has achieved in little more than a decade. Here he featured...
There could not have been a bigger contrast between the two halves of this Prom. In the first we heard two near-contemporary Britains, Benjamin Britten and Alan Rawsthorne, both emotionally...
A perplexing recital. The last of the Proms Chamber Music concerts featured the Artemis Quartet, part of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, a Berlin-based ensemble playing together, in...
Sandwiched between a young American girl – who was restless enough during the fairy tale element of the concert, Zemlinsky's orchestral triptych based on bicentenary birthday-boy Hans Christian Andersen's “The...
The Juilliard School of Music in New York celebrates its centenary this coming season. Although there seemed to be no statement to that effect, this concert, which marked the debut...
In their second appearance at the Proms this season, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons impressed with a vibrant reading of Lutoslawski’s most popular orchestral work...
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