Britten/Korngold/Prokofiev: Bournemouth SO/Karabits ***
Royal Albert Hall, 10th August 2015
Yesterday marked the 120th anniversary of the very first Prom concert, held in the Queen’s Hall. The programme cover for that 1895 concert doesn’t list the repertoire, but it wouldn’t have contained any of the fare that the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra brought from the south coast for last night’s Prom. All three works were written within a short span, composed between the turbulent years 1944-45. Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and the Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes made swift Proms debuts, but Erich Korngold’s lushly romantic Violin Concerto had to wait until 1997 for its belated Proms bow.
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