The programme of the 2011 BBC Proms was announced today and full details of the season can be found on the BBC website , and in the Proms prospectus which is now available in the shops. We asked Gramophone 's editorial team to reveal their individual Proms wish-lists and here are the tickets they'll each be after… James Inverne, Editor
Beethoven ’s Third Symphony, Eroica, was premiered on April 7, 1805. It remains among the greatest of all symphonies, pushing back boundaries not only of scale but also of ambition and expression. James Jolly suggests a clutch of Eroica s (throwing a few reluctant glances in the direction of Karajan , Sir Colin Davis and Günter Wand…).
March 31 was the birthday (in 1872) of the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev (he died in 1929). His contribution to the arts – visual, ballet and music – in the 20th century was enormous. To celebrate the impact he had on music, here are some of the great scores that he commissioned (and here's the Rag-Mazurka from Poulenc's Les biches to listen to on Spotify – this will not work in some territories: apologies if this the case):
William Walton was born on March 29, 1902. We mark the anniversary by re-visting the article that Edward Greenfield wrote in May 1983, a survey that looked back over the career of a composer whose unique voice is recognisable within a few bars. And to preface the piece we suggest a dozen unmissable Walton works in recommended recordings...
The opera star has a lot to contend with: the scrutiny of the public eye; the elusive union of voice, body and soul; the pressure to be glamorous whether in the throes of passion or asphyxiation. From the outset, the potential pitfalls are all too numerous. And that’s before you even begin to assess the risk of being hit by a flying corpse.
Tuesday, March 22 marks the anniversary of the death of the record producer, impresario and journalist Walter Legge. To mark the occasion we revisit the obituary written by The Times critic and Gramophone contributor William Mann in April 1979. And as a reminder of his staggering contribution to the record catalogue, we precede it with a dozen of Legge’s finest productions for EMI, each one a gramophone classic.
On March 17, 1951, the Catalan soprano Victoria de los Angeles made her Met debut in Gounod’s Faust. Sixty years on we revisit a “Reputations” column that John Steane wrote in December 1998, shortly after Victoria de los Angeles had celebrated her 75th birthday.