Tag Archives: BBC Proms

A love letter from Berlin as Barenboim and the Staatskapelle make Elgar their own

Prom 2: Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin **** Nobilmente (It.). Nobly, in a noble style. As a musical term, it’s almost exclusively associated with the works of Sir Edward Elgar, who first employed it in his piano transcription of the Enigma Variations. The score to his Symphony no. … Continue reading

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A feast of Rossini as Albina Shagimuratova dazzles in Semiramide

Rossini: Semiramide **** Opera Rara, Royal Albert Hall, 4th September 2016 Complete performances of Semiramide are as rare as hen’s teeth. Even at La Fenice – where the opera was given 28 times following its 1823 première, sometimes four nights in … Continue reading

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Prom 59: Vintage wine: Blomstedt and the Leipzig Gewandhaus in splendid Beethoven

Beethoven: Leipzig Gewandhaus/Blomstedt **** Royal Albert Hall, 29th August 2016 To paraphrase Frank Sinatra, if 1927 was A Very Good Year, then July 1927 must have been an exceptionally good month. It saw the births of conductors Kurt Masur, Michael … Continue reading

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Prom 55: Fate knocks, Ophelia sings, Mirga triumphs

CBSO/Gražinyte-Tyla **** Royal Albert Hall, 27th August 2016 A pair of auspicious debuts marked the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Prom: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla was making her London debut, just a day after her first concert as its new music director; … Continue reading

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Prom 50: Angels and Demons as Vedernikov leads a gripping Prokofiev Third

Prom 50: BBCSO/Vedernikov *** Royal Albert Hall, 23rd August 2016 A belated touch of demonic fire was a welcome ingredient to last night’s Prom. Prokofiev’s Third Symphony, based on themes from his opera The Fiery Angel, received a reading which, … Continue reading

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