Anyone got an opinion on this years Prom season? Some interesting Mahler events.
Well, this is the first season for a long time where, if I were still in London, I would want to go to a majority of the concerts. The Gothic symphony catches the eye, of course, for which I'll probably make the 300-odd mile round trip, but - Berlioz's arrangement of Freischütz, lots of new or rarely-heard Brits (Birtwistle, Holloway, Berkeley, Bax, Bridge), Sibelius 6 & Nielsen 4 in one programme, Messiaen and Dutilleux... I could go on...
Apropos the current Gramophone's article on the up and coming (and already "here"), are conductors at the Proms getting younger or is it just me?
A Rachmaninov concert without a piano concerto! Must be a first.
Francois-Xavier Roth is never dull.
I bet the 'Gothic' is sold out already. The only way to get in would be to join one of the choirs.
Did I see two Nielsen symphonies programmed? That's two!
Haven't seen the new programme yet, but inspired already. At last Sibelius Sixth instead of just 1,2, 4 and 5 as I bemoaned last Christmas. Messiaen and Dutilleux wonderful. Havergal Brian a shamefully neglected symphonist.
Last year me and my wife went down to London for a couple of proms including Part's impressive 4th Symphony. Got to meet the composer among other well-wishers after the gig who signed the ECM disc for me of the 4th. No it is not for sale!
Very interesting Mahler events? Yes, including 2 symphonies which were played last year. And the TOTAL number of British symphonies to be performed: TWO.
OOPS! 33lp sorry for not being around to reply but yes too true, a complete lack of British symphonies again. Mahler 2 and 9 and Strauss 4 last songs again.... What about some Alwyn, Bliss and David Matthews?
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