Prom 74: The Last Night of the Proms 2011, a rather forgettable occasion

11/09/2011

  Prom 74: Last Night Of The Proms 2011, music by Maxwell Davies, Bartók, Wagner, Liszt, Chopin, Britten, Rodgers, Elgar, Arne, and Parry plus arrangements of traditional items: Lang Lang (piano), Susan Bullock (soprano), Jenny Agutter (narrator), The Fanfare Trumpeters of the Household Division, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Edward Gardner. Royal Albert Hall,London, 10.9.11. (JPr) Read more

Christopher Maltman and Graham Johnson open the 2011/12 Wigmore Hall season, exploring settings of Schiller

11/09/2011

 Friedrich Schiller – Ein Leben in Liedern: Songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Liszt: Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano). Wigmore Hall, London, 10.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Heady cosmopolitan mix of contemporary music at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival

11/09/2011

   Qigang Chen, Metcalf, Bowden, Reich: Gerard McChrystal (soprano saxophone), Oliver Coates (cello), Sound intermedia (sound diffusion),  BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Jean-Michaël Lavoie (conductor), BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, 9.9.2011 (Gpu) Read more

The London Sinfonietta plays Elliott Carter. A short programme – but not short measure.

09/09/2011

 Elliott Carter: London Sinfonietta, Hall Two, Kings Place, 8.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Prom 70:The UK première of Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto makes a potent impression at the Proms

08/09/2011

 Prom 70: Bridge, Birtwistle, Holst: Christian Teztlaff (violin), Holst Singers,BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson. Royal Albert Hall,London, 7.9.2011 (MB) Read more

Kaleidoscopic Ravel at Edinburgh played by an “orchestra of virtuosi”

04/09/2011

  Edinburgh International Festival 2011 (16) – Ravel: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Nott (conductor),  Usher Hall, 3.9.2011 (SRT) Read more

Prom 60 – Professional sounding Mozart-Bruckner Concert lacks excitement

03/09/2011

  Prom 60. Mozart, Bruckner, David Fray (piano), Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden (conductor), Royal Albert Hall, London, 30.9.2011 (GD) Read more

Prom 56 – Though compelling, Mahler’s Sixth lacks the last degree of impact at the Proms

29/08/2011

Prom 56 –  Richard Strauss, Mahler: Kirill Gerstein (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov. Royal Albert Hall, London, 26.8.2011. (JPr) Read more

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