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August 22   -  

Concert That Shall Not Be Named

"It was like staying at a small provincial hotel in the 1970's" quoth a friend of a Concert That Shall Not Be Named.

August 21   -  

Anna Netrebko Il trovatore Salzburg

Interviewed by Austrian TV just before her performnac as Leonora in Verdi Il Trovatore at Salzburg, Anna Netrebko says "Leave me alone!" She's made up and costumed just before curtain call and the interviewer asks her auf Deutsch about the ...

August 20   -  

Lest we forget - Bleuet Poulenc

Just as the Poppy symbolizes war to the British, the cornflower symbolizes loss and memory for the French. The Western Front was in France and Belgium, lest we forget. French soldiers wore blue uniforms, hence the multiple connotations of the word ...

August 19   -  

Bells and Guns : Rachmaninov Tchaikovsky Stravinsky Gardner Prom 43

Blockbuster Prom 43, sure to be seared into the memory of all who were there. Queues round the block, punters turned away in droves. Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture s such a showpiece that it usually gets played at open-air events, complete with ...

August 19   -  

Lest We Forget Prom - RVW Butterworth Stephan Kelly Manze BBC SSO

 "They carry back bright to the coiner the mintage of man, The lads that will die in their glory and never be old."   A E Housman was writing about handsome farm boys going off to the Boer War. Maybe he was more concerned with ...

August 18   -  

The mystery of George Butterworth

Roderick Williams, sang George Butterworth Songs from A Shropshire Lad at tonight's BBC Prom 41 at the Royal Albert Hall. Williams is by far the best best British song specialist around. He has such a warm. conversational style which makes his ...

August 17   -  

Fragile but powerful - Haitink Mahler 4, Schubert Prom 40

" I prefer Mahler slender, not pompous" said Bernard Haitink in rehearsals before BBC Prom 40 2014.  By "slender" I think he means the opposite of pompous, ie. not overinflated, egotistic, or self-satisfied. "Slender" is relevant in the context ...

August 15   -  

Sibelius Maxwell Davies Bridge Storgårds Prom 38

Like Prom 36, (more here) Prom 38 demonstrated why some composers are first rank while others aren't. John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic in a programme which contrasted  Jean Sibelius and Frank Bridge with Sir Peter ...

August 14   -  

Vaughan Williams Alwyn Oramo Prom 36

After ten days of safe but dull Proms, at last something splendid: Sakari Oramo conducted the BBC SO. Ralph Vaughan Williams's incidental music is far from incidental. William Alwyn wrote a lot of incidental music, but hearing his symphonic work with ...

August 14   -  

Rameau Les Boréades broadcast

WONDERFUL Rameau Les Boréades streaming from France Musique. Marc Minkowski from the Aix Festival, recorded live in July.  Nothing timid about the Baroque.  Far from being precious, early music bursts with energy and ...
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